This year is the 30th Anniversary of the awards!! (I know, we look far too young for it don't we?), so we are going to be celebrating in style!
For the next few weeks we are zooming in on the shortlisted titles in each category, and our next stop is with the epic Longer Novels! We hope you love these as much as we do.
Written by Mitch Johnson
Published by Usborne
Published by Usborne
For many children, Kick is a story which transports them to a world unlike their own, telling a tale of true poverty with suspenseful and exciting writing, keeping them interested, while covering numerous important topics such as religion, friendship hope and courage. Budi works hard sewing football boots and shirts for pittance, while his real dream is to be out on the field as a football star. But one unlucky kick puts Budi in the eyes of the wrong person. A dangerous person! A brilliantly written debut from Mitch Johnson, it's an ideal book for reluctant older readers.
“I've broken my side of the deal, and it's only a matter of time before they frame me. I wonder when they'll come for me. I wonder who will come for me. Will it be the police? Will they let the foreman punish me first? Will it be the Dragon himself?”
The Island at the End of Everything
Written by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Published by Chicken House
Ami lives with her mother, sick with Leprosy, on the most beautiful island, an idyllic home, until a new government official arrives and states the island is to become a leprosy colony and all those uninfected must leave. Ami is ripped from her beloved mother and home and sent to an orphanage. With the threat of the workhouse hovering over her, Ami determines to find her way back home! A beautiful, unusual and emotive book.
“I am luckier than most. I was born here, so I never had to know the name-calling, the spitting in the street. My nanay was already carrying me when they came for her, though she didn't know until she stepped from the boat a month after leaving home and felt a flutter in her stomach, like wings. Me, growing.”
The Goldfish Boy
Written by Lisa Thompson
Published by Scholastic
"That was my secret box that I kept under the bed. Not a dusty old box of treasure but a box of a hundred disposable latex gloves, which now held just fifteen pairs. A secret agreement between me and my mum: she'd supply me with gloves and I would stop burning my skin with bleach. We didn't need to tell Dad - he wouldn't understand."
All of the above books are available to borrow from Sheffield Libraries, so why not read them all with your children and then vote for your favourite! Pick up the voting form from your local library.