The awards seek to celebrate books in which the language is powerful: which offer language rich in layered meanings, imaginative expression and exciting vocabulary. They’re the only awards judged by active classroom teachers and 77 of them have been selected from schools in Nottingham, Derbyshire, Leicester, Coventry and Birmingham – it’s fantastic to see Cowgirl included!
A funny, moving story about communities coming together and finding happy endings in unexpected places, this is an absolutely brilliant debut for 9+ readers, with strong female characters and big-hearted social realism: think Michael Morpurgo meets Jacqueline Wilson.
Here’s a look inside the book:
The winners of the awards will be announced next year – congratulations, G. R. Gemin!