Winning Year: 2010
Illustrator: Freya Blackwood
Title: Harry & Hopper

Original Publisher: Scholastic
Current Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781407111391
In Print

Harry and his dog Hopper have done everything together ever since Hopper was a jumpy little puppy. But one day the unthinkable happens and Hopper will never be there again. But Harry is not ready to let him go just yet.


Freya Blackwood is an illustrator of children's books. She was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Orange in NSW, Australia. The daughter of a painter and an architect, she was encouraged to draw and paint from a young age. Freya completed a degree in Design (Visual Communications) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) where she became interested in filmmaking. She worked for several years in the special effects industry in Sydney and then in Wellington, New Zealand, where she worked for Weta Workshop on The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

In 2002 she began illustrating books and has illustrated about ten picture books, several of which have been published in numerous countries. Her books have won awards in the Children's Book Council of Australia awards.

Freya currently lives back in Australia, in the town where she grew up. She has a studio out in the backyard where she draws and paints. She has a young daughter who is a fabulous inspiration.

You can find out more at her website