This year more than 17,000 children across New South Wales, Victoria and the Northern Territory nominated their favourite books to create the REAL (Reading and Enjoying Australian Literature) Awards shortlists.

I am absolutely delighted that Exploding Endings: Painted Dogs & Doom Cakes has been shortlisted in the ‘Fiction for Older Readers’ category! I went to my local butcher and bought cheesymite sausages to celebrate.

The winners are announced in late October after lots of reading (and more voting!) takes place in terms 2-4. I can’t wait to head to Melbourne to be part of the awards day! The NSW Koala Awards will be in early October at North Rocks Public School, and I can’t wait to be part of the day there, too.

I am extremely humbled to be among such company, and will be rather nervous rubbing shoulders with some of my heroes come October. Congratulations to all the other authors and illustrators!

The 2017 YABBA shortlists can be accessed here. Don’t forget to vote for the YABBAs, KOALAs and CROCs.