Pratt and Green on Branford Boase shortlist

Pratt and Green on Branford Boase shortlist

Books by YA Book Prize-shortlisted authors Non Pratt and Sally Green are on the seven-strong shortlist for this year’s Branford Boase award.
 
The award is given jointly to the author and editor of the most outstanding debut novel for children, and Pratt is shortlisted for Trouble, published by Walker Books and edited by Annalie Grainger and Denise Johnstone-Burt. Green is on the list for Half Bad (Penguin), which is edited by Ben Horslen.
 
Also shortlisted are Bone Jack by Sara Crowe, edited by Charlie Sheppard and Eloise Wilson (Andersen Press); The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss, edited by Jane Griffiths (Simon & Schuster); Cowgirl by Giancarlo Gemin, edited by Kirsty Stansfield (Nosy Crow); Leopold Blue by Rosie Rowell, edited by Emily Thomas (Hot Key); The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis, edited by Jane Griffiths.
 
The shortlist was narrowed down from a longlist of 18 books, and chair of the judges Julia Eccleshare said: “This year’s varied and impressive shortlist is a very positive statement about the strength and health of children’s books. Publishers large and small are keener than ever to find and nurture creative new authors.”
 
The other judges who will choose the winning book are IBBY UK chair Pam Dix, children’s book consultant Sue Jones, bookseller Clare Maltby, and author C J Flood, whose book Infinite Sky (Simon & Schuster Childrens Books) won the 2014 Branford Boase.
 
The winner of the £1,000 award will be announced on the 9th July at a ceremony in London.