Two for Bodley Head on Branford Boase shortlist

Two for Bodley Head on Branford Boase shortlist

Two titles from Random House Children's Publishing imprint Bodley Head have made the shortlist for the 2012 Branford Boase Award, with titles from Puffin, Andersen Press, OUP, Bloomsbury and Orion also featuring.

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough, edited by Annie Eaton, and Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans, edited by Annie Eaton and Ruth Knowles are shortlisted for the £1,000 prize, which rewards the authors and editors of debut novels for children.

Being Billy by Phil Earle, edited by Shannon Park (Puffin); Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis, edited by Charlie Sheppard (Andersen Press); Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis, edited by Liz Cross (OUP); A Beautiful Lie by Irfan Master, edited by Emma Matthewson (Bloomsbury); and My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher, edited by Fiona Kennedy (Orion), complete the list.

Judging panel chair Julia Eccleshare said: "In 1999, the year of the first award, only 20 titles were submitted. This year 61 submissions were made, many of those extremely impressive. Our shortlist is varied in setting, themes and voice but each book succeeds brilliantly in what it sets out to do."

The winner will be announced on 5th July.