I am thrilled to announce that Lennie the Legend has been shortlisted in the New South Wales Premier’s History Awards 2015, in the Young People’s History Prize category. The winners will be announced at an event at the State Library in Sydney on 4 September. The Judges’ comments for the three shortlisted books are available at http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/about/awards/premiers_awards/nsw_premiers_history_awards/2015_nsw_premier%27s_history_awards/2015_pha_shortlist/2015_young_peoples_history_prize.html, and include the following comments about Lennie the Legend:
The highly innovative presentation of this book vividly draws on multiple archival sources, which makes it a real pleasure to read. The book offers a new perspective on the well-trawled history of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge … Lennie the Legend combines a rich narrative with historical detail and impressive pictorial archives to bring the story to life for young readers … Like all good books for young readers, it also has considerable appeal for adults. This beautifully conceived historical narrative will appeal to young readers, as well as providing a good reference book.