The Descenders is the third and final book in the Cade trilogy – the fifth and final saga in Stewart and Riddell’s internationally bestselling series, The Edge Chronicles, which has featured on the Times and New York Times bestseller lists, and sold more than 3 million copies. 2018 marked twenty years of the series, now complete with thirteen titles across five separate but interlinking sagas. I remember heralding the very first book in the sequence as a “richly inventive fantasy” when I was writing for Literary Review, and I have been championing the series ever since. A truly wonderful creative partnership between author and illustrator.
GOODBYE, PERFECT BY SARA BARNARD
Sara Barnard lives in Brighton and does all her best writing on trains. She loves books, book people and book things. She has been writing ever since she was too small to reach the “on” switch on the family Amstrad computer. She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read and introduced her to the wonders of secondhand book shops at a young age. Sara is trying to visit every country in Europe, and has managed to reach 13 with her best friend. She has also lived in Canada and worked in India. Sara is inspired by what-ifs and people. She thinks sad books are good for the soul and happy books lift the heart. She hopes to write lots of books that do both. Find her on Twitter at @saramegan.
CLEAN BY JUNO DAWSON
Juno Dawson grew up in West Yorkshire, writing imaginary episodes of “Doctor Who”. She later turned her talent to journalism, interviewing bands before writing for a Brighton newspaper. Until recently, Juno worked as a teacher, specialising in PSHE. She is most proud of her work surrounding anti-bullying and family diversity. In 2014 she became a School Role Model for the charity Stonewall. In 2015, Juno announced her intention to undergo gender transition and live as a woman. Find her on Twitter at @junodawson.
BIG BONES BY LAURA DOCKRILL
Laura Dockrill is an author, illustrator and performance poet. She grew up in Brixton and attended the Brit School and still lives in London. She is author of CILIP Carnegie Medal nominated YA novel Lorali and its sequel Aurabel, as well as the Darcy Burdock series for younger readers, which was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Other books include Echoes, a collection of poems and short stories and a number of adult poetry collections. Her debut children’s poetry collection, My Mum’s Growing Down, was published in August 2017 by Faber & Faber. She curated The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl exhibition at the Southbank Centre and loves to visit schools and festivals and meet young readers. Laura has appeared on Blue Peter and CBeebies and is a frequent poet performer at festivals. Find her on Twitter at @LauraDockrill.
I AM THUNDER BY MUHAMMAD KHAN
Muhammad Khan is an engineer, a secondary school maths teacher, and a YA author. He lives in South London and is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at St Mary’s. Muhammad takes his inspiration from the children he teaches, as well as his own upbringing as a British-born Pakistani. He has written two novels for Macmillan Children’s Books: I Am Thunder and Kick the Moon. Find him on Twitter at @mkhanauthor.
THE SURFACE BREAKS BY LOUISE O’NEILL
Louise O’Neill grew up in Clonakilty, a small town in West Cork, Ireland. Her first novel, 2014’s Only Ever Yours won the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year at the 2014 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards; the Children’s Books Ireland Eilís Dillon Award; and The Bookseller‘s inaugural YA Book Prize 2015. Louise’s second novel, 2015’s Asking For It, was voted Book of the Year at the Irish Books Awards 2015 and spent 52 consecutive weeks in the Irish top 10 bestseller list. Her first novel for adults, Almost Love, was published in March 2018, followed by The Surface Breaks in May 2018. Find her on Twitter at @oneilllo.
I WAS BORN FOR THIS BY ALICE OSEMAN
Alice Oseman was born in 1994 in Kent, England. She completed a degree in English at Durham University in 2016 and is currently a full-time writer and illustrator. Alice can usually be found staring aimlessly at computer screens, questioning the meaninglessness of existence, or doing anything and everything to avoid getting an office job. Alice’s first book, Solitaire, was published when she was 19. Her second, Radio Silence, was released in early 2016, and her third, I Was Born For This, in 2018. Find her on Twitter at @AliceOseman.
WHITE RABBIT, RED WOLF BY TOM POLLOCK
Tom Pollock lives and works in London. His debut trilogy, The Skyscraper Throne, won him a place on the Guardian’s list of 20 bet young novelists in science fiction and fantasy. The first title, The City’s Son, was shortlisted for the Kitschies Golden Tentacle. The Glass Republic was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award and Our Lady of The Streets was one of the Guardian‘s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy novels of 2014. Tom’s second YA thriller, Heartstream—a story about celebrity, intimacy and conspiracy that asks who you can trust—will be published in July 2019. Find him on Twitter at @tomhpollock.
OUTWALKERS BY FIONA SHAW
Fiona Shaw wrote a memoir and four novels for adults before writing Outwalkers. She was just beginning a fifth adult novel when she had a dream about a boy trying to leave England. That dream, together with what she was reading in the news, was the start of Outwalkers. Fiona’s adult novel Tell it to the Bees will be released as a feature film in 2018. Find her on Twitter at @fionakshaw.
ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART BY KATHERINE WEBBER
Katherine Webber is originally from California but currently lives in London. She has also lived and worked in Hong Kong, Maui, and Atlanta. She loves an adventure, whether it is found in a book or in real life. Travel, books, and eating out are her favourite indulgences. Her debut YA novel was Wing Jones, published by Walker Books. She also writes the young fiction series Sam Wu Is Not Afraid as Katie Tsang with her husband Kevin Tsang. Find her on Twitter at @kwebberwrites.
A SKY PAINTED GOLD BY LAURA WOOD
Laura Wood is an academic and writer. She is the winner of the Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for New Children’s Writing and the author of the Poppy Pym series. Laura loves Georgette Heyer novels, Fred Astaire films, travelling to far flung places, recipe books, Jilly Cooper, poetry, cosy woollen jumpers, Edith Nesbit, crisp autumn leaves, Jack Gilbert, new stationery, sensation fiction, salted caramel, feminism, Rufus Sewell’s cheek-bones, dogs, and drinking lashings of ginger beer.
Author details courtesy of The Bookseller.
The overall winner will be announced on Thursday 30th May live at Hay Festival.
Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book
Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory by Elys Dolan
Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6-8s
The Big, Fat, Totally Bonkers Diary of Pig by Emer Stamp
Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9-13s
Tom Gates: Epic Adventure (Kind Of) by Liz Pichon
The 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize longlist in full:
- The Long Island, Drew Beckmeyer, editor Taylor Norman, designer Kristine Brogno (Chronicle Books)
- Mini Rabbit Not Lost, John Bond, editor Alice Blacker, designer Goldy Broad (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
- The Extraordinary Gardner, Sam Boughton, edited by Holly Tonks, designer Ness Wood (Tate)
- Looking After William, Eve Coy, editor Libby Hamilton, designer Rebecca Garrill (Andersen Press)
- The Ink House, Rory Dobner, editor Jo Lightfoot and Katherine Pitt, designer Mariana Sameiro, (Laurence King)
- Cycle City, Alison Farrell, editor Taylor Norman, designer Ryan Hayes (Chronicle Books)
- Erik the Lone Wolf, Sarah Finan, editor Jenny Broom, designer Zoë Tucker (Lincoln Children’s Books)
- The King Who Banned the Dark, Emily Haworth-Booth, editor Neil Dunnicliffe, designer Lee-May Lim (Pavilion Children’s Books)
- Maybe the Moon, Frances Ives, editor Jocelyn Norbury, designer Jack Clucas (LOM Art)
- I Can Fly, Fifi Kuo, editor Leilani Sparrow, designer David Bennett (Boxer Books)
- Julian is a Mermaid, Jessica Love, editor Tanya Rosie, art director Deirdre McDermott (Walker Books)
- Say Hi to Hedgehogs, Jane McGuiness, editor Becky Watson, designer Beth Aves (Walker Books)
- You’re Safe with Me, Poonam Mistry, written by Chitra Soundar, editor Alice Curry (Lantana Publishing)
- The Red Dread, Tom Morgan-Jones, editor Emma Hargarve, designer Julie-Ann Murray (Barrington Stoke)
- The Story of Tantrum O’Furrily, Mark Nicholas, written by Cressida Cowell, editor Anne McNeil (Hodder Children’s Books)
- The Buildings that Made London, Josie Shenoy, editor Saskia Gwinn, designer Sophie Gordon (Bloomsbury)
- I Love You Bunny, Alina Surnaite, editor Katie Cotto, designer Mike Jolley and Karissa Santos (Lincoln Children’s Books)
- The Wardrobe Monster, Bryony Thomson, editor Ruth Huddleston, designer Mike Jolley (Old Barn Books)
- Red and the City, Marie Voigt, editor Peter Marley, designer Kate Adams (Oxford)
- The Best Sound in the World, Cindy Wume, editor Katie Cotton, designer Zoë Tucker (Lincoln Children’s Books)
Established in 2016, the Klaus Flugge Prize is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s book picture book illustration. It honours publisher Klaus Flugge, founder of publisher Andersen Press and a supremely influential figure in picture books.
For the second year running more than fifty books were submitted and twenty have made the longlist.
The judges for the 2019 prize are:
- Anthony Browne, award-winning illustrator and former Waterstones Children’s Laureate
- Derek Brazell, of the Association of Illustrators
- Billiejo Carlisle Seven Stories bookseller
- Farrah Serroukh, Learning Programme Leader at CLPE (Centre for Literary in Primary Education)
- Kate Milner last year’s winner
The panel will be chaired by Julia Eccleshare, director of the children’s programme of the Hay Festival.
The shortlist will be announced on 15 May 2019 by Anthony Browne at a special evening event at Foyles Charing Cross Road and the winner will be revealed on 11 September 2019.
The shortlists for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019 (announced today) are as follows:
- The Girls by Lauren Ace and Jenny Løvlie (Little Tiger Press)
- Mini Rabbit Not Lost by John Bond (HarperCollins)
- Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison (Penguin)
- The King Who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth (Pavilion)
- Julian Is A Mermaid by Jessica Love (Walker Books)
- 100 Dogs by Michael Whaite (Penguin)
- The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson (Usborne)
- The Train To Impossible Places by P.G. Bell (Usborne)
- Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy (Scholastic)
- The Mystery Of The Colour Thief by Ewa Jozefkowicz (Head of Zeus)
- The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf (Hachette Children’s)
- The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd (Templar)
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Egmont)
- Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Pan MacMillan)
- A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos (Europa Editions)
- The Truth About Lies by Tracy Darnton (Little Tiger Press)
- Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. by Malcolm Duffy (Head of Zeus)
- Boy 87 by Ele Fountain (Pushkin)
Congratulations to all involved with the shortlisted titles.
The winners will be announced at an evening reception at Waterstones Piccadilly (London), Europe’s largest bookshop, on Thursday 21st March, 2019. The winner of each category will receive £2000, with the overall winner receiving an extra £3000. In the event that the prize is awarded to a partnership, then the prize money will be split equally between the joint winners.
First awarded in 2005, the Prize has evolved into one of the most prestigious accolades for children’s books in the UK. Now in its fifteenth year and with its shortlists exploring some highly topical subjects, the Prize shows its enduring relevance as a formidable platform for emerging talent.
Last year’s winner, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, shot to the top of the bestseller charts after the announcement and saw an increase in sales of over 900% across the Waterstones estate.
Florentyna Martin, Waterstones Children’s Buyer says: “This year’s list showcases an exploration of wide topics including world-folklore, black history, mental health, refugees and the world around us, through dynamic forms of poetry, fables and sweeping fantasies. It is a truly enthralling time for children’s writing, and our booksellers have keenly chosen shortlists that they are inspired to share with readers and, in doing so, recognise the creators who will shape the future of children’s stories.”
James Daunt, Waterstones Managing Director says: “We are immensely proud of our Children’s Book Prize. It has chosen unfailingly wonderful books and in so doing propelled the careers of a succession of exceptional authors. Who knows how many might otherwise not have achieved such success? The Prize is the work of our booksellers and represents Waterstones at its very best.”
All the shortlisted titles will have “Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019” added to their listings entry over the next few days and we will be highlighting several of the titles during the six weeks leading up to the category and overall winners announcement on 21st March.
Previous Winners of the Prize are:
- 2005 The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill
- 2006 The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding
- 2007 Darkside by Tom Becker
- 2008 Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls
- 2009 The Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison
- 2010 The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies
- 2011 Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari
- 2012 The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle
- 2013 Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
- 2014 Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
- 2015 Blown Away by Rob Biddulph
- 2016 My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons
- 2017 The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
- 2018 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
There’s no hiding the fact that, these days, ACHUKA takes a back seat to my portrait and fashion photography, but this evening’s PenguinRandomHouse 2019 preview reminded me why I shall always keep up my advocacy for children’s and YA publishing in the UK.
For me, the highlights of the event held at the Soho Hotel last night were the revamping of Ladybird, under the brilliant leadership of Shannon Cullen, and the appearance of Malorie Blackman, launching her return to the world of Noughts & Crosses.
Notable too were the onstage interview with Sabina Radeva, the creator of a picture book about Darwin’s Origin of the Species, which had its own origins in a crowdfunding campaign; and the climactic performance by a vocal ensemble from the West End cast of Dear Evan Hansen, a novelisation of which Penguin will publish this summer.
Not especially remarked upon during the presentation (unless I was snoozing) though surely a highlight of the year, will be the 50th anniversary Collectors’ Edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. To be fair, there were miniature celebratory cupcakes.
After a very brief keynote from MD Francesca Dow (“Stories for every child, everywhere”), Tania Vian-Smith, deputy Publicity Director, was the main compere for the evening and her opening words were in memory of John Burningham. A brand-new, posthumous Mr Gumpy adventure is scheduled for August. Mr Gumpy’s Rhino was finished and in production at the time of Burningham’s death.
A stunning highlight of Ladybird’s relaunch is the oversize Sensational Butterflies, a lavishly illustrated showcase from Ben Rothery, just out. A follow-up to this book, Hidden Planet, from the same illustrator, is due in the autumn.
I’ll also look out for The Big Book Of The UK by prodigious reviewer Imogen Russell Williams, illustrated by Louise Lockhart, coming from Ladybird in August.
PRH continue to call their middle-grade publishing category ‘Primary’, presumably to give it a UK rather than a US tagline. It remains to be seen whether John Boyne’s My Brother’s Name Is Jessica, in which the protagonists are teenagers, is truly for a Primary audience.
Last month saw the launch of Extraordinary Lives, a new biography series for 7+, with titles on Stephen Hawking, Michelle Obama and Malala Yousafzai. Six new subjects follow in the summer.
I really liked the enthusiasm with which US author Karen M. McManus talked about Two Can keep A Secret. a lead YA title (already published) from the author of One of Us Is Lying.
Crossfire, the new addition to Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses sequence publishes in July, picking up the story several years after the end of Double Cross, the fourth book in the series. The whole sequence is being rejacketed in keeping with the new title.
Two other YA titles of note are The Night Country, Melissa Albert’s sequel to The Hazel Wood [September] and Full Disclosure, described as ‘smart, funny, sex-positive YA’, from New Yorker Camryn Garrett [October].
Some more photos from the evening:
Guppy Books is a new children’s list announced last year and launched this month (February 2019) by Bella Pearson, previously publishing director at David Fickling Books.
The aim is to publish eight to ten fiction titles a year.
“Small and responsive, inclusive and communicative, the Guppy list will be supported by the very best freelancers in the business, in publicity, sales, marketing and design,” Pearson says on her website.
The longlist for the 2019 Branford Boase Award is announced today. This important award is celebrating its twentieth year. Set up in memory of author Henrietta Branford and her editor Wendy Boase, one of the founders of Walker Books, the Branford Boase Award is given annually to the author and editor of an outstanding debut novel for children and has highlighted many of the twenty-first century’s leading children’s authors at the start of their careers. Over its twenty year history winners and shortlisted authors have included Siobhan Dowd, Meg Rosoff, Mal Peet, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Patrick Ness as well as Frances Hardinge and Philip Reeve.
This year more than 40 books were submitted, twice as many as in its first year, and by two dozen different publishers; 20 have made it onto the longlist.
The 2019 Branford Boase Award longlist in full
The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson, edited by Rebecca Hill and Becky Walker (Usborne)
Boy Underwater by Adam Baron, edited by Nick Lake and Sarah Hughes (HarperCollins)
The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell, edited by Rebecca Hill and Becky Walker (Usborne)
Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon, edited by Sarah Stewart (Usborne)
The Fandom by Anna Day, edited by Kesia Lupo (Chicken House)
Me Mam. Me Dad. Me by Malcolm Duffy, edited by Fiona Kennedy (Head of Zeus)
Twister by Juliette Forrest edited by Lauren Fortune (Scholastic)
Flight by Vanessa Harbour, edited by Janet Thomas (Firefly)
Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy, edited by Linas Alsenas (Scholastic)
The Goose Road by Rowena House, edited by Mara Bergman (Walker Books)
Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James, edited by Rachel Denwood and Sarah Hughes (HarperCollins)
The Mystery of the Colour Thief by Ewa Jozefkowicz, edited by Fiona Kennedy (Head of Zeus)
I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan, edited by Lucy Pearse (Macmillan)
Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen, edited by Sarah Stewart (Usborne)
The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Raúf, edited by Lena McCauley (Orion Children’s Books)
On a Scale of One to Ten by Ceylan Scott edited by Rachel Leyshon (Chicken House)
Outwalkers by Fiona Shaw, edited by Bella Pearson and Anthony Hinton (David Fickling Books)
Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton, edited Emma Matthewson (Hot Key)
Run Riot by Nikesh Shukla, edited by Emma Goldhawk (Hodder Children’s Books)
The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle by Victoria Williamson, edited by Jennie Skinner and Sally Polson (Floris Books)
This year’s award judges are
- Sanchita Basu De Sarkar of the Children’s Bookshop, Muswell Hill
- Ellen Krajewski, librarian at Hemel Hempstead School, Hertfordshire
- Louise Johns-Shepherd, chief executive of CLPE
- Mitch Johnson, author of Kick, winner of the 2018 Branford Boase Award
As usual, the panel is chaired by Julia Eccleshare, children’s director of the Hay Festival
The Branford Boase Award is sponsored by Walker Books who have pledged new funding to ensure its future. Jane Winterbotham, publishing director said: “Walker Books is delighted to continue its support for the Branford Boase Award. We hugely value the contribution the award has made in encouraging and highlighting new writing talent, as well as in recognising the role played by the editor in supporting writers at the start of their career. The award is an inspiring memorial to the work of gifted novelist Henrietta Branford and Walker’s founding editor, Wendy Boase, in whose names the award was established 20 years ago.”
The shortlist for the Award will be announced on 1st May 2019. The winner will be announced on 3rd July at a ceremony in London.
Walker Books have published a new edition of Henrietta Branford’s multi-award-winning book Fire, Bed and Bone. The story of the Peasants’ Revolt seen through the eyes of an old hunting dog, it gives a long-ago past an immediacy and freshness as it tells of working people’s struggle for survival in the face of cruelty by landlords and the church. Branford’s last book, it won the Guardian prize, a Smarties Award and was highly commended for the Carnegie Medal.
Following their recent successful round of crowdfunding, Knights Of are looking to hire a full-time bookseller for their brand-new, Brixton based, inclusive bookshop.
The person appointed will be the first point of contact for pop-up event partners – co-ordinating and liaising with partners and bookshops to host inclusive events across the country.
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