I have just returned from three days in Perth. I went there to accept the 2006 WAYRBA Award for Younger Readers for Garden of the Purple Dragon. This is Garden‘s first award and it is my first ‘Children’s Choice’ award, so I was thrilled to receive it. I am in esteemed company as Christopher Paolini’s Eldest won the older readers award and Matthew Reilly’s Hover Car Racer won the Avis Page Award.
A group from Melville Primary School performed a terrific readers’ theatre piece from the book.
I had a very pleasant three days in the West, visiting schools and having a look around Perth. The WAYRBA committee really looked after me and it was a pleasure to meet these hard-working women who give their time to organise this award and promote reading among young people.
I stayed at Miss Maud’s Swedish Hotel in Perth and a lavish smorgasbord breakfast was included. I am now on a diet!