Since 2000, the Branford Boase has been awarded annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children. Uniquely, it also honours the editor of the winning title and highlights the importance of the editor in nurturing new talent.
Founded to commemorate author Henrietta Branford and influential Walker Books editor Wendy Boase, the Branford Boase Award is recognised as one of the most important awards in children’s books with an impressive record in identifying outstanding authors at the start of their careers. Winners and shortlisted authors include Siobhan Dowd, Meg Rosoff, Mal Peet, Philip Reeve, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Frances Hardinge, Patrick Ness and Marcus Sedgwick.
The shortlist for the 2020 award is as follows:
- Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties
Author: Humza Arshad & Henry White
- The Space We’re In
Author: Katya Balen
- A Pocketful of Stars
Author: Aisha Bushby
Author: Liz Hyder
- A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
Author: Holly Jackson
Author & Illustrator: Jamie Littler
- The Million Pieces of Neena Gill
Author: Emma Smith-Barton
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