The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge
Christopher Edge – Christopher is an award-winning children’s author whose books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Christopher grew up in Manchester where he spent most of his childhood in the local library, dreaming up stories. After studying English at university, he worked in a record shop, mostly listening to Björk, before becoming an English teacher.
His novel The Many Worlds of Albie Bright won several children’s bookawards and was also nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, as was his novel The Jamie Drake Equation, which was also selected as one of the best new children’s books of 2017 for Independent Bookshop Week.
Boy Underwater by Adam Baron
Adam Baron – Adam is the author of five successful novels and has, in his time, been an actor, comedian, journalist and press officer at Channel 4 television (as well as things he’s too embarrassed to mention). He now runs the widely respected MA in Creative Writing at Kingston University London. Adam lives in Greenwich, South London, with his wife and three young children. He wrote Boy Underwater (his first novel aimed at younger readers) because they told him to. While still in the flush of youth he knows what his final words are going to be: ‘clear the table’.
The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson
Lisa Thompson – Her debut novel, The Goldfish Boy, was bought as part of a two-book deal with Scholastic (UK). It was published in the UK in January 2017, where it was a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month and went on to become a bestseller. The US version was published by Scholastic Inc in February 2017 and was given a starred review by Kirkus Reviews. The Goldfish Boy has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal, The Branford Boase Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. It has been sold to nine countries around the world.
Before becoming a novelist, Lisa worked as a broadcast assistant for BBC Radio 2 and CPL Productions where she got to make tea for lots of famous people.
Emmeline and the Plucky Pup by Megan Rix
Megan Rix – Megan is the hugely popular author of animal adventure books set in the modern day and key periods of history, including the First and Second World Wars, the Great Fire of London and the Suffragettes fight for women’s right to vote. Having trained to teach children with learning difficulties and taught in the UK for a few years before heading off to teach in Singapore, her first book was published in 1997. An animal lover and dog-trainer, Megan draws inspiration from her own adorable assistance dogs Traffy, Bella and Freya.
Will You Catch Me? by Jane Elson
Jane Elson – After performing as an actress and comedy improviser for many years, Jane fell into writing stories and plays. A Room Full of Chocolate was her first book for children and won Peters’ Book of the Year and the Leeds Book Award as well as being longlisted for the Branford Boase Award and nominated for the Carnegie Medal. When she is not writing, Jane spends her time running creative writing and comedy improvisation workshops for children with special educational needs.
We are encouraging children aged 9 – 13 to read all five titles from our shortlist before selecting a winner. Voting will now remain open until the start of February, which is when the winning title will be announced.
We look forward to inviting Jane Elson, Adam Baron, Christopher Edge, Lisa Thompson and Megan Rix into School for the Wolverhampton Children’s Book Award ceremony.
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