Kristen Parrotte and Lucy Burke were awarded in the Year 7 to 8 picture book category at a ceremony last week to open Book Week.
The competition asked pre-primary to Year 8 students to write, illustrate and bind their own fictional story or picture book.
Kristen�s story Harry and his Hidden Gift was inspired by her brother Jake, who has autism.
�I�ve seen him struggle with the daily things that most people find easy but I�ve also seen his many strengths,� she said.
�Because people with autism don�t have obvious physical disabilities, they are often misunderstood.�
�I chatted to mum about autism and then pulled it together in a story.
�I am really proud that this story has been read by lots of people through the judging process as I really wanted the message to get out.�
Judges said Kristen�s �easy to read facial expressions� drew the reader into Harry�s world and supported the engaging storyline.
�Humour and empathy are employed to show, rather than tell, the reader about Harry�s gift,� they said.
Lucy�s book Alone looked at the differences between first and third world problems.
She has been reading Morris Gleitzman�s Boy Overboard as part of her English studies and said it made her think �the problems we have in our lives are not that big�.
�We might complain about doing some activity that our parents want us to do, when in other countries children would love to have our opportunities,� she said.
�I realised the power an author has in getting a story across and how images really do back up words to create a better meaning.�
Judges said Lucy demonstrated excellent use of dual narrative structure.
�The sustained narratives are cleverly intertwined and carried through to a conclusion that, while satisfying for one character, is challenging to the other,� the said.