Monday, 18 January 2010

Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2010 shortlist announced

Firstly I'm a little bit late putting this post up as the list was announced last week, but as this is fairly important in the UK children's market I decided better late than never.

The shortlist for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2010 has been announced, with stories about dead hamsters, medieval monks and sorcerers in the running for one of the most valuable and prestigious children's book awards in the country.
"Horror and the supernatural often dominate children's fiction but this year we're seeing that balanced with serious, believable stories proving that sometimes real-life drama hits closest to home," said Sarah Clarke, Children's Buying Manager at Waterstone's.

Final judging is underway, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 10th February.

The full shortlist:
1. Flyaway by Lucy Christopher (Chicken House)

2. The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies (Simon & Schuster)

3. The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester (Macmillan)

4. Seven Sorcerers by Caro King (Quercus)

5. Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur (Puffin)

6. The Toymaker by Jeremy de Quidt (David Fickling Books)

7. Desperate Measures by Laura Summers (Piccadilly Press)

8. Superhuman: Meteorite Strike by A.G Taylor (Usborne)

9. The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh (Chicken House)

All the links will take you directly to the product page on Waterstones.

There is a really good mix of titles in this list with quite varied subject matter which can only be a good thing.
I'm halfway through The Crowfield Curse at the moment and should have a review up by the weekend.

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