Shortlist year: 
2019
Shortlist category: 
Children's literature
Published by: 
Angus and Robertson an imprint of Harper Collins

About the book

His name was Walter by Emily Rodda.
Winner

Once upon a time, in a dark city far away, there lived a boy called Walter, who had nothing but his name to call his own ... The handwritten book, with its strangely vivid illustrations, has been hidden in the old house for a long time. And when four kids and their teacher find the book the haunting story of Walter will be read - right to the very end ... From one of Australia's most renowned children's authors, comes an extraordinary story within a story - a mystery, a prophecy, a long-buried secret.