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The Branford Boase Award 2017

13th December 2017

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Now in its seventeenth year the Branford Boase Award is recognised as one of the most important awards in children’s books, awarded for an outstanding book from a first-time writer of a book for young people.

Henrietta Branford was a gifted novelist for young people. During her short career she won the Smarties Prize in 1994 for Dimanche Diller (Harper Collins) and the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1998 for Fire, Bed and Bone (Walker Books); she was twice shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize, in 1994 and 1997. Her progress and development as a writer was watched with interest by publishers, critics and fellow writers alike.

Wendy Boase, Editorial Director of Walker Books, and one of its founders, was a passionate children's book editor wholly committed to developing new writers and nursing them through their early writing careers. She is credited with bringing on many new talents. She and Henrietta worked together on a number of her books, a partnership that was warmly appreciated by Henrietta.

Both Henrietta and Wendy died of cancer in early 1999. The Branford Boase Award wishes to celebrate and encourage, in their names and in their memories, the crucial early development of new writing talent.

The Award is the jointly run by Julia Eccleshare and Anne Marley. Julia is an expert in children's literature and children's director for the Hay Festival. Anne is the joint founder of Authors Aloud UK, an agency specialising in arranging author visits to schools, libraries and festivals and has served on many children’s book awards, including the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Awards. She was recently awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Services to Local Government.

For 2018, the long listed titles will be announced early in 2018,  short listed titles will be announced late spring 2018, and winner will be announced in July 2018. 

Take a look at this year's winner and short list. 

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The Branford Boase Award Winner

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Beetle Boy by M G Leonard

Darkus is miserable. His dad has disappeared, and now he is living next door to the most disgusting neighbours ever. A giant beetle called Baxter comes to his rescue. But can the two solve the mystery of his dad's disappearance, especially when links emerge to cruel Lucretia Cutter and her penchant for beetle jewellery?

Chicken House Ltd.

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Shortlist

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Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

Opening aboard an airship harpooned in mid-air, Cogheart is a rip-roaring adventure. Lily’s inventor father is missing, presumed dead after the airship crashes. What secrets was he keeping and why are others so determined to find them out? The story proceeds at speed reaching its climax – fittingly in a book much concerned with clockwork – on the face of Big Ben.

Usbourne

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We Are Giants by Amber Lee Dodd

Sydney thinks her mum Amy is the best mum in the world - even if she is a bit different. When everyone else kept growing, Amy got to four feet tall and then stopped right there. When the family are forced to move house, things get tricky. Sydney must make new friends, deal with the bullies at school and generally figure out the business of growing up in a strange new town.

Quercus

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Little Bits of Sky by Sue Durrant

It's 1987 and Ira and Zac are living at Skilly House, a home for social care children. Their lives over the next few years are beautifully realised amongst the antipathy of the authorities, the drama of the poll tax riots and the moments of peace and hope Ira finds at Skilly and further afield.

Nosy Crow

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The Bubble Boy by Stewart Foster

Eleven-year-old Joe can't remember a life outside of his hospital room, with its beeping machines and view of London's rooftops. His condition means he's not allowed outside, not even for a moment, and his few visitors risk bringing life-threatening germs inside his 'bubble'. But then someone new enters his world and changes it for ever.

Simon and Schuster

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The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland - and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.

Chicken House Ltd.

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Riverkeep by Martin Stewart

Fifteen-year-old Wulliam is dreading taking up his family's mantle of Riverkeep, tending the river and fishing corpses from its treacherous waters. But then everything changes. One night his father is possessed by a dark spirit, and Wull hears that a cure lurks deep within the great sea-beast known as the mormorach. He realizes he must go on an epic journey downriver to find it - or lose Pappa forever.

Penguin Random House

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