Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Branford Boase 2013 Longlist

The Branford Boase 2013 longlist was announced today. The award celebrates debut novels for children in the UK, and the award is given to the novel’s editorial team: that is, the author and the editor. Last year’s winner was author Annabel Pitcher (author) and Fiona Kennedy (editor) for her novel My Sister Lives On the Mantelpiece.
This year’s longlist comprises 26 novels aimed at children aged 7+. The list includes a mix of genres and styles, and there are plenty of novels on here that we would recommend to different readers.  Links to our reviews and interviews are included.

Unsurprisingly, there are a number of titles which appear on other awards lists including the CILIP Carnegie. It’ll be interesting to see which ones (if any) make both the Branford Boase and the Carnegie shortlist cuts. We haven’t read all the books on the lists but we have read a few. Based on our current readings, my personal guess for a double shortlisting would be After the Snow by SD Crockett. Little M’s would be Soldier Dog by Sam Angus.

Also, a special note must go to Dave Shelton and David Fickling Books for A Boy and a Bear in a Boat: it’s been shortlisted for the Costa Children’s, nominated for the Carnegie and now this! That bear is definitely not lost.  
The Branford Boase 2013 longlist:
Tiger Wars by Steve Backshall, edited by Fiona Kennedy (Orion)
After the Snow by S D Crockett, edited by Emma Young (Macmillan)
Hitler’s Angel by William Osborne, edited by Imogen Cooper (Chicken House)
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by DaveShelton, edited by David Fickling (David Fickling)
A World Between Us by Lydia Syson, edited by Sarah Odedina (Hot Key)
Slated by
Teri Terry, edited by Catherine Coe (Hachette)

Read; reviews forthcoming
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus, edited by Rachel Petty (Macmillan)
Mortal Chaos by Matt Dickinson, edited by Kathy Webb & Liz Cross (OUP)
Not yet read
Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne, edited by Hahhan Shappard (Headline)
Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable, edited by Rachel Leyshon (Chicken House)
15 Days without a Head by Dave Cousins, edited by Jasmine Richards (OUP)
The Things We Did for Love by Natasha Farrant, edited by Julia Heydon-Wells (Faber)
The Feral Child by Che Golden, edited by Roisin Heycock (Quercus)
Shrunk! by Fleur Hitchcock, edited by Sara O’Connor (Hot Key)
Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan, edited by Mara Bergman (Walker)
A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean edited by Rachel Denwood & Lizzie Ryley (HarperCollins)
Socks are Not Enough by Mark Lowery, edited by Alice Swan (Scholastic)
Torn by David Massey, edited by Imogen Cooper (Chicken House)
Itch by Simon Mayo, edited by Kelly Hurst (Random House)
At Yellow Lake by Jane McLoughlin, edited by Janetta Otter-Barry (Frances Lincoln)
A Hen in the Wardrobe by Wendy Meddour, edited by Janetta Otter-Barry (Frances Lincoln)
Magnificent Moon Hare by Sue Monroe, edited by Rachel Boden (Egmont)
Black Arts by Andrew Prentice & Jonathan Weil, edited by David Fickling (David Fickling)
Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid, edited by Amanda Punter (Puffin)
Geekhood by Andy Robb, edited by Jane Harris (Little Tiger Press)
Doglands by Tim Willcocks, edited by Charlie Shepperd (Andersen Press)

The shortlist will be announced on 1 May 2013.


  1. I've only read three on the longlist - Heart Shaped Bruise, The Wolf Princess and Torn - but I think HSB should definitely get it. Incredible book.

    1. I've heard a lot of good things about Heart Shaped Bruise....but there's something about the plot that puts me off reading it(if I'm honest).


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