28th October 2016

Guardian children's fiction prize 2016 shortlist announced

A big congratulations to Zana Fraillon in being shortlisted for the prestigious Guardinan childrens fiction prize for 2016. We had the pleasure of hosting Zana in our office for a group of very lucky school librarians early this year. Hearing her speak and discuss the writing of The Bone Sparrow was truely enlightening and was enjoyed by everyone.

The Bone Sparrow is a real favourite of all of us here at Lamont.


6th September 2016


by Elizabeth Kasmer

This title appeared in our Secondary Fiction catagory in our September Standing Order release.

The first young adult work to win the Queensland Literary Awards Best Emerging Author prize since it was established in 1999.



‘A sophisticated and compelling exploration of race and identity in Australia and the important decisions teenagers must make in the face of peer pressure, but it always honours storytelling over the weighty themes it handles.’ Judges’ comments, Queensland Literary Awards

‘Elizabeth Kasmer’s lyrical prose and realistic depiction of lost teenagers in regional Queensland drew me, almost unwillingly, into Rory’s story. Becoming Aurora is full of heart and hope – a raw and moving story about fighting the right battles and choosing the right side.’ Christine Bongers

ELIZABETH KASMER has been an exchange student, a donor attendant, a receptionist, a carpark attendant, security shredder and a primary school teacher. She has a BA in Humanities majoring in Philosophy, Literature and Studies in Western Traditions. She has always loved books, frequenting her local library as a child. She was enthralled by CS Lewis, embarrassed by Judy Blume, delighted in Roald Dahl, discovered the secret to ‘Life, the Universe and Everything’ and giggled along with Sue Townsend’s dorky and adorable Adrian Mole aged 13 and ¾. She currently lives on the Sunshine Coast with her husband, three mini ninjas (cleverly disguised as boys), a dog and a snake. Becoming Aurora is her first novel.