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From that moment, he published numerous texts that established him as a reference point for the best literature for young people.His most prominent books are Lucas Lenz y el Museo del Universo (Lucas Lenz and the museum of the universe, 1992), El inventor de juegos (The inventor of games, 2003), Trasnoche (Late night, 2014) and El juego de la nieve (The snow game, 2016). For thirty years, he has transmitted laughter, suspense, curiosity and desire for adventure to thousands of adolescents.At present he also works as the head of the “Publishing Work” agency.His books have won many prizes and have been translated into many foreign languages.He also has had a great interest in the role Australians have played in armed conflict: the award-winning Boys of Blood and Bone (2003) is set during WWI and Dreaming the Enemy (2016) is about the Vietnam War.Stony Heart Country was included in the 2002 IBBY Honour List and was selected for the White Ravens catalogue in 2000.For the 2018 Awards 33 authors and 28 illustrators have been nominated from 35 countries. When he was nineteen years old, he started working as a journalist and comic scriptwriter and in 1991 he published his first book for young people: Desde el ojo del pez, (From the eye of the fish).A year later he created, together with the designer Juan Manuel Lima, the collection La Movida (The move), a series of books aimed at adolescent readers.
Jury President Patricia Aldana (Toronto, Canada) will lead the Jury to select the winners of the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen awards.
After completing his schooling in Australia, he travelled to New Zealand where he worked in a range of practical jobs including gardener, gravedigger and hotel porter.
On his return, he worked as a copywriter for radio, television and a department store.
The shortlist will be disseminated immediately following the Jury meeting and the winners will be announced at the IBBY Press Conference at the Bologna Children's Book Fair 2018.
The following nominees have been submitted for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Awards by the National Sections of IBBY.