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Cowgirl has been longlisted for a UKLA Book Award!

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Yesterday the longlists for the 2015 UKLA Book Awards were revealed, and were very pleased to see Cowgirl, the debut novel by G. R. Gemin, recognised in the 7-11 category!

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:

Buy Cowgirl.

The winners of the awards will be announced next year – congratulations, G. R. Gemin!

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  • Thanks Helen. It was great news, and having worked in schools it’s all the more humbling when you know the demands on teachers’ spare time – so often spent preparing lessons and marking.

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