Winner Announced: Infinite Sky by C J Flood, a UEA Creative Writing Graduate.
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The Branford Boase Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children. It also honours the editor of the winning title and highlights the importance of the editor in nurturing new talent.
This is the fifteenth Branford Boase Award, & over 60 books were submitted, an indication of the wealth of talent amongst new authors for children, and of UK publishers’ growing enthusiasm to nurture and promote them.
Seven outstanding debuts, from seven different publishing houses, have made it onto the shortlist. These include a surprising and inventive novel for young readers; a mesmerising gothic mystery; moving teenage romances; a powerful dystopian quest story; a fresh, witty comedy; and a gory adventure set in a cleverly re-imagined 16th century London.
The seven shortlisted books are:
Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood
Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones
Red Ink by Julie Mayhew
Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door by Ross Montgomery
The Poison Boy by Fletcher Moss
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Winter Damage by Natasha Carthew
This years judges are children’s books consultant & Bookstart founder Wendy Cooling; Tamara Macfarlane, author and owner of Tales on Moon Lane bookshop; Alec Williams, hugely experienced former librarian now a storyteller and consultant; and Dave Shelton, author of A Boy and A Bear in a Boat, winner of last year’s Branford Boase Award. The panel is chaired by Julia Eccleshare, children’s books editor of The Guardian.
The winner of the 2014 Branford Boase Award will be announced on Thursday 10th July at a ceremony in London. The winning author receives a cheque for £1,000 and both author and editor receive a unique, hand-crafted silver-inlaid box in the shape of a book.
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