Walker, Usborne, Nosy Crow, Orion Children's and Scholastic all have titles shortlisted for the Awesome Books Award, for debut novels for young readers between the ages of seven and 10.
The award is organised by Cranleigh Schools, with the winner chosen by votes from children.
Shortlisted this year are Malamander by Thomas Taylor (Walker Books), The Garden of Lost Secrets by A M Howell (Usborne Publishing), The Girl Who Stole an Elephant by Nizrana Farook (Nosy Crow), The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L D Lapinski (Orion Children’s Books) and The Switching Hour by Damaris Young (Scholastic).
To be eligible for the 2021 award, the entrants had to be debut novels, suitable for able readers in the listed age group, appealing to both boys and girls, and available in paperback from May 2019.
The winner will be announced on 6th May 2021, via an online event hosted on the Awesome Book Awards website. Adam Baron, winner of the 2020 award, will announce the winner and the event will include readings by the shortlisted authors. Previous winners include Ross Welford, Peter Bunzl, Tamsin Winter and Aaron Baron.
Former Children's Laureate Lauren Child, author of the Charlie & Lola and Clarice Bean series, said: "The Awesome Book Awards are wonderful because it is the children themselves who are voting for their favourite books. Being a writer is a privilege, but even better is knowing that people are reading and enjoying what you are writing."
Schools across the UK are invited to register to take part in the 2021 awards, by reading the books on the shortlist and voting for their favourite.