2015 Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award Winner Announced
Friday 4 September 2015
Mandy Hager's Singing Home the Whale is the winner of the 2015 Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award.
Not only overall winner in the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, Singing Home the Whale is also the winner of the Young Adult Fiction category.
This powerful story with the compelling themes of the environment and conservation, teenage angst and relationships is set in the Marlborough Sounds.
It tells the story of Will, a teenager whose world has closed in on him and Min, a young orca who has been separated from his pod after seeing his mother killed by whalers. Music connects and binds these two souls in a friendship that will last a lifetime.
Judging Panel Convener Bob Docherty said at the award ceremony " Singing Home the Whale stood out as relevant, timeless and extraordinarily powerful. We think this novel would have won in any year it was entered and the decision by the panel was unanimous."
The New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults promote excellence and provide recognition for the best written and illustrated books for children and young adults published by New Zealand authors each year.