This annual book award is presented by East Sussex Schools Library and Museum Service. Children whose schools have signed up to take part in the award have the chance to vote for their favourite fiction book from a shortlist – last year, the prize went to The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, by Christopher Edge.
Part Gosford Park, part Charlotte Sometimes, and part The Go-Between, Evie’s Ghost is an absolutely brilliant time-slip story – spine-tingling, moving, funny and heartbreaking.
Evie’s been sent to stay with her ancient grandmother in an old creaky house in the middle of nowhere. Her phone is broken and she can’t believe how hugely unfair everything is.
Then, on the first night, Evie sees a strange, ghostly figure at the window. Spooked, she flees from the room, feeling oddly disembodied as she does so.
Out in the corridor, it’s 1814 and Evie finds herself dressed as a housemaid. Little does she know that she’ll need all her cunning to fix the past and stop everything falling apart in the future…
If you’ve not yet discovered the book, here’s a preview of the opening chapters of Evie’s Ghost:
And here’s Helen reading from the book:
The winner of the award will be announced at a ceremony in June – congratulations, Helen, and good luck!