BRANFORD BOASE AWARD: SHORTLIST 2015
The shortlist for the 2015 Branford Boase Award is announced today (Wednesday 6th May 2015). The Branford Boase Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children. Uniquely, it also honours the editor of the winning title and highlights the importance of the editor in nurturing new talent.
The number of books submitted for the award has been steadily rising with more than 60 submitted this year. From 18 longlisted books, seven have made it onto the shortlist.
The seven shortlisted books are:
Bone Jack by Sara Crowe, edited by Charlie Sheppard and Eloise Wilson (Andersen Press)
The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss, edited by Jane Griffiths (Simon & Schuster)
Cowgirl by Giancarlo Gemin, edited by Kirsty Stansfield (Nosy Crow)
Half Bad by Sally Green, edited by Ben Horslen (Puffin)
Trouble by Non Pratt, edited by Annalie Grainger & Denise Johnstone-Burt (Walker Books)
Leopold Blue by Rosie Rowell, edited by Emily Thomas (Hot Key)
The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis, edited by Jane Griffiths (Simon & Schuster)
This year’s judges are:
librarian and chair of Ibby UK Pam Dix;
Sue Jones, children’s books consultant;
Clare Maltby, bookseller from P & G Wells in Winchester;
and last year’s winner, C. J. (Chelsey) Flood, author of Infinite Sky
The panel is chaired by Julia Eccleshare, children’s books editor of the Guardian.
The winner of the 2015 Branford Boase Award will be announced on Thursday 9th 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.
It bears repeating – ACHUKA is still bemused that undoubtedly one of the best debuts of last year, Close To The Wind by Jon Walter, was not even included in the longlist, let alone the shortlist.