9 Aug 2016

Winner of Margaret Mahy Children's Book of the Year Award.

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:25 pm on 9 August 2016
ANZAC Heroes by Maria Gill wins 2016 Margaret Mahy Book of the Year.

ANZAC Heroes by Maria Gill wins 2016 Margaret Mahy Book of the Year. Photo: Supplied

 A tale of wartime heroes has taken out this year's Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award.

Anzac Heroes, by Maria Gill, won both the non-fiction and best book categories.

Illustrated by Marco Ivancic, the story follows a group of Anzacs through World Wars I and II.

Maria Gill spent over a year researching the book including interviewing former soldiers. She also ensured she told the stories of some of the soliders who have been overlooked in the history books, in particular Aboriginal and Maori troops, and the women who played key roles in the war effort.

Maria Gill talked to Jim about how the book came about.

Maria Gill wins the 2016 Margaret Mahy Children's Book of the Year

Maria Gill wins the 2016 Margaret Mahy Children's Book of the Year Photo: Supplied