Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Roald Dahl Funny Prize (and Catalyst and Galaxy awards!)

The winners of the Roald Dahl Funny Prizes are announced today. I don't know what they are yet, but while I'm waiting I can tell you about two more recent awards:

The Catalyst Award is chosen by teenagers in North Lanarkshire and this year's winner is Alex Scarrow for his book, TimeRiders:
"Liam O'Connor should have died at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2029. Yet moments before death, someone mysteriously appeared and said, 'take my hand'. Liam, Maddy and Sal have been recruited by the TimeRiders, to stop time travel from destroying the world." 9+
The Galaxy National Book Awards were announced on November 4th and the Children's Book of the Year is A monster calls by Patrick Ness. It could also win the overall title of Book of the Year if you vote for it here. The book is a special one, because it was completed by Patrick from the final idea of much-loved Carnegie Medal winner Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself.
"The monster showed up just after midnight. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild." 12+
And while I was writing this, the Roald Dahl announcement has been made:
"A rhyming picture book about pirate cats has seized the bounty for the funniest book for children aged six and under in this year’s Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Cats ahoy! is written by Peter Bently (who was also shortlisted in 2009 for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize), and illustrated by Jim Field. It is joined on the podium by The brilliant world of Tom Gates, the winner of the seven to fourteen category, and the first in a series of books about Tom, an expert doodler and master of excuses, written and illustrated by Liz Pichon."
All the books sound great - and on Thursday we have the Guardian prize to look forward to as well!

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