With more than 500 entries across six categories this year, the Awards recognise Australia’s literary talent, presenting a shortlist of "powerful books that reflect on issues currently affecting society in the children’s and young adult literature categories."
The Awards judges have praised Divaroren's authenticity in "portray[ing] the everyday lives of a number of working class families as they come to terms with a range of challenging contemporary issues in a suburban street. Each of the central characters is richly drawn as they share their individual stories." They have described Living on Hope Street as a "an honest and thought-provoking celebration of human courage and resilience; the importance of family and friendship; the need to build intercultural understandings; and the hopefulness that can foster new beginnings."
The winners of each categories are set to be announced later in the year.