29 May 2012

Home and Away - Awards Ahoy!

Thrilled we are to see two of our favourite books on the   
Young Adult Fiction shortlist for the 
2012 Prime Minister's Literary Awards


Judges' comments:
Condon writes about teenagers with great empathy. His first-person narrator Tiff is at a crossroads, burning to pursue her dream of becoming a journalist but slow to realise that her greatest story lies in her unconventional family. Skilfully drawn characters, ranging from her adopted grandfather to a gruff reporter colleague, help the reader to become aware that words sometimes conceal more than they reveal.

Judges' comments:
This is a profoundly beautiful story, a memoir of youth retold in old age to a schoolgirl, forging a link between generations. A booklover's tale, it recalls a girl who escaped from the isolation of country life and family tragedy through both the written page and an unusual friendship with a boy stranger. Jonsberg unravels her memories to give us a compelling affirmation of enduring love.
Let there be boisterous cheering all across the land!
And many congratulations to all the authors on the shortlist

And news just in from the other side of the world!

Delighted we are to see another of our favourite books on TWO winners lists in the CBI Book of the Year Awards which are the leading annual children's book awards in Ireland. DELIGHTED!


Judges' Comments:
Following the lives of two fifteen-year-old twins, this imaginative and empathetic supernatural thriller coalesces past and present to explore the complexities of fraternal love and the pain of loss.
Celine is the first author to win both the CBI Book of the Year Award AND the Children's Choice Award.

Let there be boisterous cheering all across the oceans!

* It's the same book, just wearing different clothes. Perhaps we should start referring to it as Taken Away Into the Grey?

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