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James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award 2018

7th February 2018

The 10 shortlisted books for the James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award 2018 have now been revealed.

Children across Hull schools will be reading some of the best new fiction courtesy of the James Reckitt Library Trust and Hull Schools Library Service.

Now in its eleventh year the James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award introduces young people to new writers and titles they might not normally pick up.

This year’s shortlist includes:

KS2 Award (7-11 year olds)

  • The Matilda Effect - Ellie Irving
  • Kid Normal - Greg James & Chris Smith
  • Martha Mayhem and the Witch from the Ditch - Joanne Owen
  • Spy Toys - Mark Powers
  • Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure - A.L.Kennedy

KS3 (11 -14 year olds)

  • All the Things That Could Go Wrong - Stewart Foster
  • The Island at the End of Everything - Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  • Welcome to Nowhere - Elizabeth Laird
  • Evie’s Ghost - Helen Peters
  • The Incredible Billy Wild - Joanna Nadin

Copies of the shortlisted titles are donated to all schools subscribing to the Hull Schools Library Service and the authors are invited to the city to work with the young people. Students can also achieve their Arts Award Discover by logging their thoughts and ideas for each of the books in a special award diary.

Two awards ceremonies will take place in April (KS3) and June (KS2) when children are invited to hear from the writers, share their opinions of the books and vote for their winning title. The votes are collated on the day and a specially commissioned artwork is presented to the winning writer.

For further information contact [email protected]