The award, co-ordinated by Bolton School, is decided by pupils from around 20 schools, who will now start to read and review the shortlist, before voting for their favourite books next year.
A phenomenal novel for 9+ year olds, The Jamie Drake Equation combines great storytelling, popular science, and lots of heart. The book has been named one of The Times’ Children’s Books of the Year – Alex O’Connell writes: “If you like stories about space, aliens and having to share your parents with other people, this is for you. It is told with the intelligence and heart we can expect of Christopher Edge, nominated for the Carnegie Medal for The Many Worlds of Albie Bright ... A fun, intellectually challenging novel with an emotional centre.”:
Combining action and adventure with cutting-edge space exploration and a compelling emotional core, this is truly awesome storytelling. Here’s a look inside the book:
The winner of the Bolton Children’s Fiction Award will be announced in July next year – congratulations, Chris, and good luck!