Random House Children's Books, Egmont and Little Tiger Press have each picked up two nominations across the three categories of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, with the shortlists for the £5,000 prize revealed today.
Among the nominated titles in the 5-12 category is The Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise (Puffin), a debut novel written by Geoff Rodkey who wrote for MTV's animated series "Beavis and Butt-head". The book will be competing against titles including Wonder by R J Palacio (Random House Children's Books), Barry Loser: I am Not a Loser by Jim Smith (Egmont) and The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable (Chicken House).
In the teen category, the second novel by Branford Boase Award-winning Annabel Pitcher, Ketchup Clouds, is up against titles including Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt (Egmont) and Insignia by S J Kincaid (Hot Key Books).
In the picture books category, Can You See Sassoon? by Sam Usher (Little Tiger Press) will be battling against books including Oh No George! by Chris Haughton (Walker) and Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb (Macmillan Children's Books).
Waterstones managing director James Daunt said: "Within these shortlists are books containing great beauty, humour, intrigue, imagination and important things to say, but most crucially all are fantastically good reads."
The winners will be announced at an evening reception at Waterstones Piccadilly on Thursday 21st March. The winner of each category will receive £2,000 with the overall winner picking up a further £3,000.
The full shortlists are as follows:
1. Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb (Macmillan Children's Books)
2. Rabbityness by Jo Empson (Child's Play)
3. Oh No George! by Chris Haughton (Walker)
4. The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp & Sara Ogilvie (Simon & Schuster)
5. The Journey Home by Frann Preston-Gannon (Pavilion Children's Books)
6. Can You See Sassoon? by Sam Usher (Little Tiger Press)
7. The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable (Chicken House)
8. Atticus Claw Breaks the Law by Jennifer Gray (Faber and Faber)
9. Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Random House Children's Books)
10. The Secret Hen House Theatre by Helen Peters (Nosy Crow)
11. The Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey (Puffin)
12. Barry Loser: I Am Not A Loser by Jim Smith (Egmont)
13. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Random House Children's Books)
14. Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt (Egmont)
15. Insignia by S.J. Kincaid (Hot Key Books)
16. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury Children's)
17. Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher (Indigo)
18. Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind by Andy Robb (Little Tiger Press)