The Branford Boase award is given annually to the author and editor of an outstanding debut novel for children – it’s the only award that recognises a book’s editor in this way, and alongside G.R. Gemin, Cowgirl’s editor, Kirsty Stansfield, is also shortlisted.
This is the first time a Nosy Crow book has been shortlisted for the award, and we’re all IMMENSELY proud of both Giancarlo and Kirsty.
The shortlisting is the latest in a series of accolades for Cowgirl: as well as the Branford Boase, it’s also been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the UKLA Book Award, and the Tir na n-Og Award, and nominated for the Carnegie Prize.
And it truly deserves every ounce of praise: Cowgirl is a very special debut. With strong female characters and big-hearted social realism (think Michael Morpurgo meets Jacqueline Wilson), this is a funny, moving story about communities coming together and finding happy endings in unexpected places
If you’ve not yet discovered the book, here are the first three chapters of Cowgirl:
The winner of the Branford Boase award will be announced on the 9th July at a ceremony in London. Congratulations, Giancarlo and Kirsty!