Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Congratulation James "Queen of teen!"

James Dawson has beaten John Green to be crowned the first ever male Queen of Teen. Dawson was announced as the winner of the award at a ceremony on Friday 11th July 2014 surrounded by fans, invited journalists and five out of nine of the other shortlisted authors: Cathy Cassidy, Beth Reekles, Natasha Farrant, Holly Smale, Cassandra Clare, S.C. Ransom, Tonya Hurley, Veronica Roth and John Green.

James is the author of Cruel Summer, shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2014 Young Adult category.

The Queen of Teen was launched in 2008 to celebrate the ever-growing range of fiction available for young adults and acknowledge the hugely significant part that fiction can play in the teenage years. Readers are invited to nominate authors for the award and it is their votes that choose the winner.
The changing shape of the shortlists over the years – each one nominated entirely by teens – accurately reflects the trends and developments in the genre of teen fiction. From the hilarious books of the first-winner, Louise Rennison, through the more issues-focused stories of Cathy Cassidy to the darker tales of Maureen Johnson and James Dawson.
Author of Hollow Pike and Say Her Name, James rallied his loyal fans and followers with a vigorous social media campaign and an ‘endorsement’ from Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst. Queen of Teen voters were impressed with his sensitive and entertaining handling of subjects such as challenges affecting the LGBT community.
As one voter commented: ‘There are lots of gay characters in his books. But the books aren't about being gay; they're gay because they're gay and a huge fuss isn't made about it, which is fantastic.’
James said, on being crowned Queen of Teen, ‘I am not the best-selling author on the list. I’m not the most famous. I’m not the most talented. So all I can really do is promise to work twice as hard to be a really good queen. I hope I can take this award and do something with it, and use the platform to shine a light on UKYA.’
For further information on Queen of Teen and how to take part in the voting for next year’s award visit

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Votes flooding in!

Malin Bridge School & Birley Community College were the first Primary and Secondary schools to send through the all important votes for the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2014.

A special prize has gone out to each school with our thanks for taking part.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Congratulation to Rick Yancy!


The 5th Wave - Overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2014

Rick Yancy
Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, for young readers, and The Highly Effective Detective, for adults. Both books are set in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Rick lived for ten years before returning to Florida.

o    The Infinite sea
The 1st wave took out half a million people, the 2nd put that number to shame. Rick Yancey's frightening dystopia is now anticipating its 5th hit and no one knows what to expect. Cassie has lost everything, her parents are dead, her little brother has been captured, to be alive in her world is to be alone. She runs from Them on a daily basis as they kill anyone they find scattered across Earth's desolate countryside. Then she meets Evan. Is he her only hope to rescue her brother and save herself? In this gripping young adult epic, shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award 2014, The Hunger Games meets I Am Number Four to create the ultimate page-turner. Action-packed, intense and just waiting to be made into a blockbuster movie!

Please be advised that some of the content in this book contains mild profanities and themes that are not suitable for younger children.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

I am ready and waiting for your votes!

Please could schools start gathering in all the votes and send them to me on the forms provided by 18th July.

I'm really looking forward to reading all the comments the children and young people have made so please remember to send those on to me . Some of the comments will be used for a display at the award ceremony before i pass them on the authors and illustrators. This is a great opportunity for teachers to encourage writing and for authors to find out what their greatest critiques really think of their books!

The votes will be kept a closely guarded secret until the award ceremony on 5th November at the Crucible Theatre, hope to see as many of our voters there as possible....and lots of authors and illustrators too.

....and here's a reminder of the 2013 ceremony.