The shortlist for the 2018 Branford Boase Award is
- A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe, edited by Fiona Kennedy (Head of Zeus: Zephyr)
- The Starman and Me by Sharon Cohen, edited by Sarah Lambert (Quercus Children’s Books)
- Fish Boy by Chloe Daykin, edited by Leah Thaxton (Faber)
- Knighthood for Beginners by Elys Dolan, edited by Clare Whitston and Elv Moody (Oxford)
- Kick by Mitch Johnson, edited by Rebecca Hill and Becky Walker (Usborne)
- Potter’s Boy by Tony Mitton, edited by Anthony Hinton (David Fickling Books)
- The City of Secret Rivers by Jacob Sager Weinstein, edited by Gill Evans (Walker Books)
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.
Now in its nineteenth year the Branford Boase Award is recognised as one of the most important awards in children’s books with a hugely impressive record in identifying authors with special talent at the start of their careers.
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; author and 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.