Book Award Frenzy Friday

…Hi! Just us again. Two posts in two day seems a bit excessive but we’ve had a busy week and there’s lots we wanted to share.

The Peters Book of the Year award winners were announced this week, with Jane Elson’s How to Fly with Broken Wings winning the junior fiction category, Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter & Birgitta Sif taking the picture book win and Holly Bourne’s Am I Normal Yet? taking the teen prize. As we’ve mentioned before, two of our fiction discussion groups were shadowing the junior fiction category and we held not one but TWO celebratory parties in the picturesque surroundings of Norwich Castle in celebration of the awards. Our special PBOTY2016 page is still up and we would very much recommend taking a look here; our Norfolk SLS winner was Cressida Cowell.

The CKG shortlists for 2016 were announced this week too, and we wrote a little something which you can read here. Our team have already begun reading the books in preparation for our shadowing event, and this year we’re excited that some of them are available in eBook form on our NorfolkSLS platform.

The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winners were announced last night; we’d really liked the shortlists for these as they featured a few books we felt had been omitted from other award lists of late. David Solomon’s winning My Brother is a Superhero took the overall prize, with Lisa Williamson’s The Art of Being Normal winning for older fiction and a recent favourite in our office, The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield taking the illustrated book category.

We’ve just posted about our Language is Power conference, and we’ll be at The Space again tomorrow for the TEDxNorwichED for a day of educational-related talks from an amazing range of speakers.

In the mean time, here are a few Friday Reads!

Apryl: The Bolds by Julian Clary, Illustrated by David Roberts

BoldsI finished this at lunchtime today and can declare the Bolds to be my new favourite hyena family surreptitiously living in the Teddington suburbs. Though I predicted the ending about 2/3 of the way through, it didn’t stop my enjoyment of the story and I absolutely loved David Roberts illustrations which matched perfectly Julian Clary’s funny (& ridiculous) tale.

(Anderson Press, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781783443055)



Harriet: Time Traveling with a Hamster by Ross Welford

time travelThis is a great read with plenty of drama, pathos and excitement, for upper KS2 readers. How possible is time travel? Ross Welford makes this ever intriguing and appealing theme sound feasible, if not terrifying. We really want the hero to change history, so he can save his dad’s life, but even if he can get back in time and change events, things are rarely that straightforward. And how strange it is to make friends with your dad, when he was only the same age as you? Lots to enjoy, gasp and cry at.

(HarperCollins, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9780008156312)


Mandy: A Slice of the Moon by Sandi Toksvig

sliceSlim Hannigan’s dad is a storyteller and says that stories are just a ‘slice of the moon’. This happy, funny, lively family are forced to flee their Irish home during the potato famine and life changes forever. Slim is the only one who can keep the family together and bring back her dad, who seems to be lost…

A great story, told with a touch of realism and no sentimentality.


(Doubleday, £9.99 hardback, ISBN 9780857531919)

You can read our previous Friday Reads here.


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