The longlist for the 2018 Branford Boase Award is announced today…
In a strong year for debuts more than 50 books were submitted by 26 publishers. 20 titles have made it onto the longlist:
A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe, edited by Fiona Kennedy (Head of Zeus: Zephyr)
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr, edited by Ruth Knowles (Penguin)
Troublemakers by Catherine Barter, edited by Chloe Sackur and Charlie Sheppard (Andersen Press)
Ink by Alice Broadway, edited by Genevieve Herr (Scholastic)
The Starman and Me by Sharon Cohen, edited by Sarah Lambert (Quercus Children’s Books)
No Filter by Orlagh Collins, edited by Hannah Sandford (Bloomsbury)
Notes on My Family by Emily Critchley edited by Mikka Haugaard (Everything With Words)
Fish Boy by Chloe Daykin, edited by Leah Thaxton (Faber)
Knighthood for Beginners by Elys Dolan, edited by Clare Whitson and Elv Moody (Oxford)
Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans, edited by Rachel Leyshon (Chicken House)
Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green, edited by Linas Alsenas (Scholastic)
Countless by Karen Gregory, edited by Hannah Sandford (Bloomsbury)
Kick by Mitch Johnson, edited by Rebecca Hill and Becky Walker (Usborne)
The Elephant Thief by Jane Kerr, edited by Rachel Leyshon (Chicken House)
Potter’s Boy by Tony Mitton, edited by Anthony Hinton (David Fickling Books)
The Taste of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles, edited by Polly Lyall-Grant (Hodder Children’s Books)
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson edited by Lauren Fortune (Scholastic)
The City of Secret Rivers by Jacob Sager Weinstein, edited by Gill Evans (Walker Books)
A Girl Called Owl by Amy Wilson, edited by Lucy Pearse (Macmillan)
Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist by John Young, edited by Lois Wilson-McFarland and Sally Polson (Floris)
This year’s judges are
Urmi Merchant of children’s bookshop Pickled Pepper Books;
Helen Swinyard, librarian at Heartlands High School and founder of the Haringey Children’s Book Award;
reviewer Philip Womack;
and M.G. (Maya) Leonard, author of Beetle Boy, winner of the 2017 Branford Boase Award.
The panel is chaired by Julia Eccleshare, children’s director of the Hay Festival.
Julia Eccleshare says: “It is the eighteenth year of the Branford Boase Award, yet every longlist has brought books that surprise us, and this year has been no exception: here are a wealth of original stories, new viewpoints, and settings that take us from ancient Japan to the island of Lewis. UK children’s literature is as exciting as it’s ever been, and we were particularly pleased to have submissions this year from so many different publishers.”
The shortlist for the Award will be announced on 2 May 2018. The winner will be announced on 4 July at a ceremony in London.
The award was set up in memory of the prize-winning author Henrietta Branford and Wendy Boase, editorial director and one of the founders of Walker Books. They worked together on a number of Henrietta’s novels, a partnership they greatly enjoyed. Both Henrietta and Wendy died of cancer in 1999.