Ten books have been shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award, the only national book award voted for solely by children.
Among books for younger children, the shortlisted titles are Superworm by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Scholastic), Walter and The No Need To Worry Suit by Rachel Bright (HarperCollins), How To Hide A Lion by Helen Stephens (Alison Green Books) and Hippospotamus by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross (Andersen).
Shortlisted in the books for younger readers category are The Land of Neverbelieve by Norman Messenger (Walker), Atticus Claw Breaks The Law by Jennifer Gray (Faber)
and Claude In The Country by Alex T Smith (Hodder Children’s Books).
Books for older readers on the shortlist are Killing Rachel by Anne Cassidy (Bloomsbury),
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Penguin) and The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer (Simon and Schuster).
Children can vote for their favourite of the shortlisted titles via www.redhousechildrensbookaward.co.uk until mid-January 2014.
Seni Glaister, The Book People c.e.o. said: "Any child is eligible to vote and I have every faith in them—they've chosen some truly amazing winners in the past, including Michael
Morpurgo, J.K. Rowling, Patrick Ness and Malorie Blackman. And they've often chosen them first! This award has a real reputation for discovering great writing talent and one look at the list of previous winners will tell you they pick the future bestsellers."
The prize is the work of the Federation of Children's Book Groups. The winner is awarded the Red House Children’s Book Award Silver Tree, of which they are the custodian for a year, and an engraved silver acorn which is theirs to keep. Each of the category winners receive a silver bookmark and each shortlisted author and illustrator will also receive an incredible portfolio of writing and artwork created by children inspired by their book.
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