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2020 - Shortlisted


Judges' comments

Detention explores contemporary Australian issues and challenges younger readers to consider complex political and social situations, including those of individuals seeking asylum. The book sensitively explores human connection, presenting rich descriptions of compassion and change in its characters, and offering readers opportunities for self-examination and increased cultural understanding. 

Bancks‘ writing is captivating and engaging, highlighting wider immigration issues for his audience. The language and narrative development is well suited to young readers, with clear characterisation and narrative voice and authentic dialogue.