“TRAIN” MAKES THE WATERSTONES SHORTLIST!http://www.pgbellwriter.com/website/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/DywQYUgXgAcRTKz.jpg120067588admin88adminhttp://0.gravatar.com/avatar/6eb451ab21b275092f5088f5291bc61f?s=96&d=mm&r=g
After a relatively peaceful Christmas, 2019 has started with an absolute whirlwind of activity. I’ve been racing to meet deadlines for book 2, preparing for my first ever school events (more on both those things in future posts) and – the biggest news of all – this week The Train To Impossible Places made the shortlist for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.For anyone not familiar with Waterstones, it’s the UK’s biggest chain of bookshops (sort of our equivalent of Barnes & Noble), and their annual Children’s Book Prize is a Very Big Deal indeed.Titles are nominated by the stores’ booksellers, and I feel tremendously honoured that they’ve put The Train To Impossible Places forward. It’s a very strong shortlist, which includes The House With Chicken Legs (probably my favourite book of 2018), by my follow Usborne writer Sophie Anderson. The winners will be announced on Thursday 21st March, so watch this space.You can find a complete rundown of all the shortlisted titles here, and Waterstones are offering them all in a “Buy One, Get One Half Price” offer. I’ll be popping into as many branches as I can reach between now and the end of March to sign copies. I’ve already made it to Birmingham and Cardiff, but keep an eye on my Twitter profile for more as and when they happen.
As if that weren’t good enough, Sophie and I have both made the longlist of this year’s Branford Boase award. The award jointly celebrates debut authors and their editors and, by a happy coincidence, Sophie and I are both edited by the wonderful duo of Rebecca Hill and Becky Walker. Rebecca and Becky won the award last year, along with author Mitch Johnson, for his novel Kick. Sophie and I hope that, between us, we can make it two wins in a row for them.
The Branford Boase Award logo
Our publishers Usborne are fantastically well represented on this year’s longlist, with no fewer than four titles – a fifth of the total! Click here to see the full longlist.