Near miss in Coventry

Flip has narrowly missed out on a prize in the prestigious Coventry Inspiration Young People’s Book Awards 2013. It was one of 12 titles shortlisted in the “Read it or Else!” category for 11-14 year olds, reaching the final four after eight titles were eliminated in a series of weekly votes.

Highly regarded teen/YA authors – including Sally Nicholls, Chris Priestley and Cornelia Funke – had already dropped out of contention heading into the fifth round of voting, the results of which were posted online today. This time it was my turn to be eliminated, along with Matt Dickinson, for Mortal Chaos. That leaves The Weight of Water, by Sarah Crossan, and Socks Are Not Enough, by Mark Lowery, to contest the prize in this category, due to be announced on Wednesday. Good luck to them both!

As for me, I’m delighted Flip made it into the last four titles in its section of such a significant regional award and am grateful to all the young people who read my novel and voted for it.

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