Husni & Hugo wrote this awards speech for their favourite book, even though it didn’t win!
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are gathered here today to celebrate and reveal the CBCA award for 2021. Firstly, I would like to congratulate all the other shortlisted books for making it this far and encourage all of you to give them a read. They are all fantastic, and even if they did not get the most votes, they are still very well written novels.
Now to reveal the winner of the CBCA 2021 award… The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst!
This fantastical novel won first place for a few reasons. Firstly, it was really the only shortlisted book to have otherworldly components, and that is a staple of storytelling. Reading is an escape from normal life, and what better way to do this than to travel to another world? Secondly, this book was plotted better than all the other shortlisted books put together. There were so many components to the story, but everything still happened for a reason. There were no loose ends left untied by the end, and the story managed to weave itself together incredibly well. Thirdly, this book was relatable to our lives. Despite being a fantasy with magic, monsters and more, this book still managed to have relatable real-world components, such as the main characters life in school and how she deals with the stress of comparing to her sisters. I’m sure we can all relate to that, right? Just by reading a few pages, you can tell very easily how much effort the author has put into the book.
All these reasons put together really show why this book won the CBCA children’s book award, and it was very well deserved. I’d like to congratulate the author, Moriarty on achieving such a wonderful goal!