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The Branford Boase Award

The Branford Boase Award is awarded annually for an outstanding first novel to a first-time writer of a book for young people. At the same time, it marks the important contribution of the editor in identifying and nurturing new talent.

Henrietta Branford was a gifted novelist for young people. During her short career she won the Smarties Prize in 1994 for Dimanche Diller and the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1998 for Fire, Bed and Bone; she was twice shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize, in 1994 and 1997. Her progress and development as a writer was watched with interest by publishers, critics and fellow writers alike.

Wendy Boase, Editorial Director of Walker Books, and one of its founders, was a passionate children's book editor wholly committed to developing new writers and nursing them through their early writing careers. She is credited with bringing on many new talents. She and Henrietta worked together on a number of her books, a partnership that was warmly appreciated by Henrietta.

Both Henrietta and Wendy died of cancer in early 1999. The Branford Boase Award celebrates and encourages the crucial early development of new writing talent. Running alongside it is the Henrietta Branford Writing Competition, which encourages writing talent in under 18s.

The Award is the joint idea of Julia Eccleshare and Anne Marley. Julia is the Children's Book Editor of the Guardian newspaper; chair of the Nestlé Rowntree Smarties Book Prize and a regular contributor to Radio 4's Front Row and Open Book programmes. Anne is the joint founder of Authors Aloud UK, an agency specialising in arranging author visits to schools, libraries and festivals and has served on many children’s book awards, including the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Awards. She was recently awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Services to Local Government.

The 2017 winner was M G Leonard  with Beetle Boy.  The chair of judges Julia Eccleshare said of the winner ' [...] We predict that once again the Branford Boase Award judges have recognized an author who will be thrilling young readers for decades to come.’

The 2018 longlist was announced earlier this year and the shortlist will be announced on 2nd May.

 

2018 Longlist

A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars
(Hardback)
Yaba Badoe
 
A powerful, haunting debut that steps seamlessly from the horror of people-trafficking to the magic of African folklore.
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The One Memory of Flora Banks
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Emily Barr
 
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO TO TRUST WHEN YOU CAN'T EVEN TRUST YOURSELF?I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE.Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can't remember...
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Troublemakers
(Paperback)
Catherine Barter
 
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2018Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018In three years I will be able to vote and I...
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Ink
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Alice Broadway
 
Picture a world where every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever. When Leora's father dies, she knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made...
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The Starman and Me
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Sharon Cohen
 
E.T. meets Stig of the Dump in a powerful adventure for fans of Frank Cottrell Boyce and David Almond
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No Filter
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Orlagh Collins
 
This is the story of THAT SUMMER ... the one when everything changes. Emerald has grown up in a privileged world - the beloved daughter of a wealthy family, friends...
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Notes on My Family
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Emily Critchley
 
A vivid present tense account of life in a dysfunctional family told by a perceptive thirteen year old girl. Lou's dad is in a relationship with a sixth former and...
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Fish Boy
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Chloe Daykin; Richard Jones
 
. So when new boy and nature fan Patrick Green starts at school with 'fingers like steel, strength of a bear' and a mackerel swims up to Billy's face, blows bubbles...
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Knighthood for Beginners
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Elys Dolan
 
With the help of his trusty steed - an eccentric goat called Albrecht - Dave hopes to convince the court that being rather small, distinctly green, and, frankly, A DRAGON...
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Who Let the Gods Out?
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Maz Evans
 
A shooting star crashes to earth and changes Elliot's life forever. The star is Virgo - a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. When the pair accidentally unleash the wicked...
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Previous Winners:

2017 Beetle Boy by M G Leonard 

2016  Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot  by Horatio Clare; Editor: Penny Thomas

2015   Leopold Blue by Rosie Rowell; Editor: Emily Thomas

2014  Infinite Sky by C J Flood; Editor: Venetia Gosling

2013  A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton; Editor: David Fickling

2012  My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher; Editor: Fiona Kennedy

2011  Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace; Editor: Charlie Sheppard

2010  Stolen by Lucy Christopher; Editor: Imogen Cooper

2009  The Traitor Game by B R Collins; Editor: Emma Matthewson

2008  Before I Die by Jenny Downham; Editor: David Fickling

2007 A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd; Editors: David Fickling and Bella Pearson

2006  Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge; Editor: Ruth Alltimes

2005  How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff; Editor: Rebecca McNally

2004  Keeper by Mal Peet; Editor: Paul Harrison

2003  Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks; Editor: Barry Cunningham

2002  Cold Tom by Sally Prue; Editor: Liz Cross

2001  Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick; Editor: Fiona Kennedy

2000  Song Quest by Katherine Roberts; Editor: Barry Cunningham

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