“A Kind of Spark” wins Waterstones Children’s Book Award
In the UK, Scottish author Elle McNicoll won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize of £ 5,000 (A $ 9,215) for her first novel. A kind of spark (Media Knights), report it Bookseller.
McNicoll, a neurodivergent author, wrote A kind of spark because she was fed up with the lack of representation in children’s books. Her novel follows 11-year-old Addie, who campaigns for a memorial to the witch trials that took place in her hometown.
Florentyna Martin, Buyer of Waterstones for Children, said: “We have fallen in love with Addie, whose courage and determination are a guide, often reminding the world that kindness should prevail wherever we go. Elle McNicoll is undoubtedly an outstanding new talent in children’s books and will inspire readers young and old for generations to come. ‘
McNicoll’s novel also won the Waterstones Award for Best Book for Young Readers. The other category winners, who each receive £ 2,000 (A $ 3,685), are Wranglestone (Darren Charlton, Little Tiger) in the older readers category, and The grumpy fairies (Bethan Stevens, Frances Lincoln Publishers) in the illustrated books category.
The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize is voted on by Waterstones Booksellers, with winning books being promoted through the retail chain’s stores
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