Shadows has been shortlisted in the 14-16 category of the Leeds Book Award!
This is the full award shortlist for my category:
- Angel’s Fury by Bryony Pearce
- Wreckers by Julie Hearn
- Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott
- Quarry by Ally Kennen
- Department 19 by Will Hill
- Flip by Martyn Bedford
Which I think you'll agree is pretty darn impressive company to be in! I'm absolutely thrilled!
There are also shortlists for 9-11 year olds:
- Moon Pie by Simon Mason
- Gold Seekers by Jane Johnson
- Gravehunger by Harriet Goodwin
- Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis
- Magicalamity by Kate Saunders
- Muncle Trogg by Janet Foxley
And 11-14 year olds:
- My sister lives on the mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
- Dark Woods by Steve Voake
- The truth about Celia Frost by Paula Rawsthorne
- Fifty Fifty by S L Powell
- Sektion 20 by Paul Doswell
- Wereworld: The rise of the wolf by Curtis Jobling
There's a really great mix here of bestsellers, critically acclaimed work, and lesser known books (that last one includes me!) which I always love to see, because it means the awards are aiming for excellence but at the same time are accessible and helping to raise the profile of deserving books which might otherwise be overlooked. My heart always sinks a bit when I see an award list which is made up of the same old 'buzz' books that have been nominated for every other award in the world. I think this wonderful diversity comes about because the shortlists are voted on by the people who really matter - the young adults themselves. Cheers pupils of the Leeds area!
Last year's winner in my category was ANGEL by L. A. Weatherly, which, as you all know, I adored, and which makes me all the more gleeful to see my work nominated. I'd love to win this, but just seeing my name up there surrounded by so many other wonderful authors and knowing the quality of past winners is pretty darn all right by me.
This year's award website isn't up yet, but I'll probably post a link to it when it is, so watch this space for that.