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His carefully honed writing style is combined with an ability to capture moments of his characters’ lives with deeply felt and evocative insight.
About his writing, he has said: I love trying to get to the essence of things.
He is a masterful writer of fiction for older readers and has published eighteen novels, picture books, and numerous works for younger readers including the Nibbles, Bites and Chomps series.
His works often deal with sport and he is particularly finely attuned to exploring young male emotions.
Plenty of his books for young people are already classics in Latin America and Spain …
Some of his short-stories (several are considered the best short-stories in Spanish and American contemporary literature) seem to have been inspired by dreams, others resemble poems, but all of them are stories.
With colourful pictures, stylistic and hilarious elements together with a fascinating mixture of real and imaginary, they have been enduring companions for children and young readers for several decades.
Jury President Patricia Aldana (Toronto, Canada) will lead the Jury to select the winners of the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen awards.From 2000 he worked as a head of the department, then as a director at the “Book Publishing” Company; he was secretary and then in 2013 president of the Writers' Union of Armenia.He is also member of the Writer’s Union of Belarus and of Bulgaria.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.
Former IBBY Vice President Elda Nogueira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and IBBY Executive Director Liz Page are ex officio Jury members.