Thursday, 7 July 2011

Branford Boase Award

Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace, edited by Charlie Sheppard and published by Andersen Press, has won the 2011 Branford Boase Award. The Branford Boase Award was set up to encourage new writers and is given each year to the most promising work of fiction for children by a debut novelist. The award also honours the editor of the winning title and highlights the importance of the editor in nurturing new talent. Out of Shadows also won the Costa Children’s Book Award and was short-listed for the Carnegie Medal.

The book is set in Zimbabwe in the 1980s - independence has been won and Robert Mugabe has come to power offering hope, land and freedom to black Africans. For Robert Jacklin it's all new: new continent, new country, new school, but very quickly he learns that for some of his classmates the sound of guns is still loud, and their battles still rage on. Find it in our catalogue here.

For more information, go to:

Books for Keeps announcement
Books for Keeps interview with Jason Wallace
Achockablog post with video
Bookwitch post with photos

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