The judges of the 2015 Branford Boase have longlisted 18 "very varied" books for this year’s award, including the YA Book Prize-shortlisted Trouble by Non Pratt (Walker Books) and Half Bad by Sally Green (Penguin).
The Branford Boase is given every year to the author and editor of a debut children’s novel.
This year 60 books were submitted. “When we launched the award 15 years ago, less than a dozen books were submitted,” said chair of the judging panel, Julia Eccleshare. “It’s been hugely encouraging to watch the submission numbers grow. The children’s book market today is extremely vibrant, and this longlist features 18 very varied books by interesting new authors.”
Nosy Crow, Hodder Children’s Books, David Fickling Books and Faber Children’s Books are some of the publishers with books on the list. Chicken House publishes two of the longlisted titles (Valentine Joe by Rebecca Stevens and City of Halves by Lucy Inglis), as does Egmont (The Executioner’s Daughter by Jane Hardstaff and Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall).
The shortlist will be announced on the 4th May and the winner will be revealed in early July at a ceremony in London.
The judges this year include chair of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) UK Pam Dix, consultant Sue Jones, bookseller Clare Maltby and winner of the 2014 Branford Boase, C J Flood.
The longlist in full:
Bone Jack by Sara Crowe, edited by Charlie Sheppard and Eloise Wilson (Andersen Press)
A Room full of Chocolate by Jane Elson, edited by Naomi Greenwood (Hodder Children’s Books)
Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret by D. D. Everest edited by Alice Swan and Toni Markiet (Faber Children’s Books)
Broken Strings by Maria Farrer, edited by Helen Thomas (Scholastic)
The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss, edited by Jane Griffiths (Simon & Schuster)
Cowgirl by Giancarlo Gemin, edited by Kirsty Stansfield (Nosy Crow)
Half Bad by Sally Green, edited by Ben Horslen (Puffin)
Shadow of the Wolf by Tim Hall, edited by David Fickling and Bella Pearson (David Fickling Books)
The Executioner’s Daughter by Jane Hardstaff, edited by Stella Paskins (Egmont)
Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen, edited by Carmen McCullough and Lauren Buckland (Random House)
City of Halves by Lucy Inglis, edited by Imogen Cooper (Chicken House)
Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall, edited by Sarah Hughes (Egmont)
True Fire by Gary Meehan edited by Sarah Lambert (Quercus)
Trouble by Non Pratt, edited by Annalie Grainger & Denise Johnstone-Burt(Walker Books)
Leopold Blue by Rosie Rowell, edited by Emily Thomas (Hot Key)
Valentine Joe by Rebecca Stevens, edited by Rachel Leyshon (Chicken House)
The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis, edited by Jane Griffiths (Simon & Schuster)
Dandelion Clocks by Rebecca Westcott, edited by Alexandra Antscherl (Puffin)