A couple of children's literature awards were announced at the end of last week. First, the Branford Boase went to Annabel Pitcher and her editor, Fiona Kennedy for My sister lives on the mantelpiece. The story tells of ten-year-old Jamie Matthews. Five years ago his sister's twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb and Jamie, his dad and teenage sister Jasmine have moved to the Lake District for a 'Fresh New Start'. In fact, things have got even worse for the family. The book has been shortlisted for several other awards but this is its first win.
The UKLA Awards have also been awarded as follows:
3-6 Catherine Rayner for Iris and Isaac
7-11 Gill Lewis for Sky Hawk
12-16 Patrick Ness and Jim Kay (recent winners of the Carnegie Medal) for A monster calls
If you are a member, you can borrow all the above titles from the University of Strathclyde's children's literature collection, or try your local library.