Now in its nineteenth year, the enormously popular and influential Blue Peter Book Awards recognise and celebrate the best authors, most creative illustrators, and greatest reads for children. Our very own Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham – the duo behind the hugely popular Baby Aliens series – are previous winners of the award, so we’re thrilled to have another Nosy Crow book recognised.
Chaya, a no-nonsense, outspoken hero, leads her friends and a gorgeous elephant on a noisy, fraught, joyous adventure through the jungle where revolution is stirring and leeches lurk. Will stealing the queen’s jewels be the beginning or the end of everything for the intrepid gang?
The Girl Who Stole an Elephant is a thrilling jungle adventure, filled with mystery, action and peril – perfect for 9-12 year-old readers.
Here are a few words from the author, Nizrana Farook: “Lockdown notwithstanding, I’ve had the most fantastic debut year. But to think that my Elephant would be trumpeting loud and proud on the Blue Peter longlist is the stuff of dreams that I’d never expected to hear! Massive thanks to Nosy Crow and everyone who’s been part of the journey.”
Editor, Kirsty Stansfield, said: “Everyone has their own special childhood moment on the Blue Peter continuum – mine’s the one where John Noakes matter-of-factly climbs Nelson’s Column in flares with no safety rope – and it can never really be bettered, but today’s news comes pretty close. The Blue Peter Award beams enthusiasm for great children’s books into living rooms across the UK and we couldn’t be more pleased and proud to see The Girl Who Stole an Elephant on such an illustrious longlist. Congratulations, Nizrana – I am wearing my best flappy trousers in celebration!”
Take a look inside the book: