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The Branford Boase Award was set up to reward the most promising new writers and their editors, as well as to reward excellence in writing and in publishing. The Award is made annually to the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards by a first time novelist. The long listed books for 2017 are below. The short list will be published on the 8th of May, 2017.

Title

Author

Editor

Publisher


fennhalflin

FrancescaArmourChelu

SarahHandley

Walker1

Fenn Halflin and the Fearzero

Francesca Armour-Chelu

Sarah Handley

Walker Books


ALONE

DavidBrazier

CharlieSheppard ChloeSackur

Andersen

Alone

D J Brazier

Charlie Sheppard (L) &
Chloe Sackur

Andersen Press


TheHawkweedProphecy

IrenaBrignull

SarahLeonard MeganLarkin

Orchard

The Hawkweed Prophecy

Irena Brignull

Sarah Leonard (L) and Megan Larkin

Orchard


Cogheart

PeterBunzlweb

Rebecca

Usborne

Cogheart

Peter Bunzl

Rebecca Hill

Usborne


WhyIWentBack

JamesClammer

CharlieSheppard1

Andersen1

Why I Went Back

James Clammer

Charlie Sheppard

Andersen Press


FollowMeBack

NicciCloke

EmmaMatthewson

HotKey

Follow Me Back

Nicci Cloke

Emma Matthewson

Hot Key Books


WeAreGiants

AmberLeeDoddcolurrecrop

NiamhMulvey

Quercus

We are Giants

Amber Lee Dodd

Niamh Mulvey

Quercus


LittleBitsofSky

SEDurranthires

KirstyStansfieldHeadofFictionNosyCrow

nosycrowlogo1

Little Bits of Sky

Sue Durrant

Kirsty Stansfield

Nosy Crow


Edensummer

LizFlanagan2crSarahMasonPhotography1

BellaPearson

Davidfickling

Eden Summer

* Please See Note Below

Liz Flanagan

Bella Pearson

David Fickling Books


TheBubbleBoy

StewartFostercTallulahFoster

RachelMann

Simonandschuster

The Bubble Boy

Stewart Foster

Rachel Mann

Simon and Schuster


TheOtherlife

JuliaGray

ChloeSackur1

Andersen2

The Otherlife

Julia Gray

Chloe Sackur

Andersen Press


Bestmedicine

ChristineHamill

SiobhanParkinson

LittleIsland

The Best Medicine

Christine Hamill

Siobhan Parkinson

Little Island


RebeloftheSandslarge

AlwynHamilton

AliceSwan KendraLevin

Faber

Rebel of the Sands

Alwyn Hamilton

Alice Swan (L) and Kendra Levin

Faber


GirlofInkStarsnew

KiranMillwoodHargrave5

RachelLeyson

chickenHouse

The Girl of Ink and Stars

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Rachel Leyshon

Chicken House


DefenderNewEdition

HuckerbyOstler072

DavidStevensPhotoCreditMichaelThorn

Scholastic

Defender of the Realm

Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler

David Stevens

Scholastic


Orangeboy2

PatriceLawrence

EmmaGoldhawk

Hodder

Orangeboy

** Please See Note Below

Patrice Lawrence

Emma Goldhawk

Hodder Children’s Books


BeetleBoy

MGLeonard1photobyDavidMyerssmaller

BarryCunningham RachelLeyson1

chickenHouse1

Beetle Boy

M G Leonard

Barry Cunningham and Rachel Leyshon

Chicken House


girloutofwater

nattluurtsema

EmmaLidbury

Walker3

Girl out of Water

Nat Luurtsema

Emma Lidbury

Walker Books


ApprenticeWitch

JamesNicol4of7pref

KesiaLupophoto BarryCunningham1

chickenHouse2

The Apprentice Witch

James Nicol

Kesia Lupo and Barry Cunningham

Chicken House


Riverkeepjacket

MartinStewart2017CreditJamesSkerrittsmall

ShannonCullenphoto SharynNovemberhires

PenquinRandom

Riverkeep

Martin Stewart

Shannon Cullen and Sharyn November (R)

Penguin Random House


Kook2

ChristopherVicknocreditneeded

NickLake

Harpercollins

Kook

Chris Vick

Nicholas Lake

HarperCollins Children’s Books


SpanglesMcNasty

SteveWebb21

CharlieSheppard3

Andersen4

Spangles McNasty and the Fish of Gold

Steve Webb

Charlie Sheppard

Andersen Press


Picture Credits:

Davis Stevens - Photo by Michael Thorn

Emma Goldhawk - Photo by Jay Rowden Photography

Liz Flanagan - Photo Sarah Mason Photography

Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler - Photo by Sarah Weal

M G Leonard - Photo by David Meyers Photography

Martin Stewart - Photo by James Skerritt

Peter Bunzl - Photo by Thomas Butler

Stewart Foster - Tallulah Foster

 

 

 

* Note re Eden Summer by Liz Flanagan:

The rules for the Branford Boase Award state that the award is for the most promising book for children aged seven and up by a first novelist. The author may have published books in another genre but eligibility requires that this be their first novel for children. Unfortunately Eden Summer was discovered to be ineligible and withdrawn as Liz Flanagan had previously written a short novel for children.

 

** Note re Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

The rules for the Branford Boase Award state that the award is for the most promising book for children aged seven and up by a first novelist. The author may have published books in another genre but eligibility requires that this be their first novel for children. Unfortunately Orangeboy was discovered to be ineligible and withdrawn as Patrice Lawrence had previously written a short novel for children.

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