Sheffield shortlist

So, I’m Googling myself (I know, I know) and I come across the very nice news that Flip has been shortlisted for the Sheffield Children’s Book Award. A curious way to find out but there you go.

Anyway, Flip is in contention for the award in the Young Adults category, along with novels by Jim Carrington, Anne Cassidy, Liz Kessler, Chris Priestley and Brian Selznick. I’m also pleased to see that my mate Tom Palmer has been shortlisted in the Quick Reads section for Scrum, as have two of my Facebook friends, Anthony McGowan and Bali Rai. Congratulations to them all.

Pupils at participating schools across Sheffield will read the books and cast their votes over the coming months, culminating in an awards ceremony in November. Having lived in Sheffield for a year back in the mid-1990s and returned there a couple of times for the Off the Shelf festival, I’m very much looking forward to making another visit.

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