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Anna Fienberg

Born 1956 (age 65–66)
Nationality Australian
Genre Young adult fiction, children's literature

Anna Fienberg AM is an Australian writer of young adult fiction and children's literature.


Fienberg was born in 1956 in England before moving to Australia at the age of three. She has worked as an editor for School Magazine. In 1988 her first work was published, entitled Billy Bear and the Wild Winter. In 1989 Fienberg released her first novel, The Nine Lives of Balthazar. She has won the Children's Book of the Year Award: Younger Readers in 1992 for The Magnificent Nose and Other Marvels and has been a short-list nominee on four other occasions. Fienberg has also won the Alan Marshall Award for Children's Literature in 1993 for Ariel, Zed & the Secret of Life and the 2003 Aurealis Award for best children's short fiction for Tashi and the Haunted House. She has also been an Aurealis Award finalist on four other occasions. Fienberg was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours in recognition of her "significant service to literature as an author".

Nominations and awards

Alan Marshall Award

  • Children's Literature
    • 1993: Win: Ariel, Zed & the Secret of Life

Aurealis Awards

  • Best children's short fiction
    • 2002: Win: Tashi and the Haunted House
    • 2003: Nomination: Tashi and the Royal Tomb
    • 2004: Nomination: There Was Once a Boy Called Tashi
    • 2007: Nomination: Tashi and the Mixed-up Monster
  • Best young-adult novel
    • 2001: Nomination: The Witch in the Lake

CBCA Book of the Year Award

  • Older Readers
    • 1999: Nomination: Borrowed Light
  • Younger Readers
    • 1988: Nomination: Wiggy and Boa
    • 1992: Win: The Magnificent Nose and Other Marvels
    • 1996: Nomination: Tashi
    • 2001: Nomination: Joseph
    • 2014
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