The longlist for the Branford Boase Award has just been announced – and we are absolutely thrilled that The Middler, the debut novel by Kirsty Applebaum, is included on the list!
The Brandford Boase Award is given annually to reward the most promising new writers and their editors, as well as the reward excellence in writing and publishing. It’s the only award that recognises a book’s editor in this way, and alongside Kirsty Applebaum, The Middler’s editor, Kirsty Stansfield, is also longlisted.
Eleven-year-old Maggie lives in Fennis Wick, enclosed and protected from the outside world by a boundary, beyond which the Quiet War rages and the dirty, dangerous wanderers roam.
Her brother Jed is an eldest, revered and special. A hero. Her younger brother is Trig – everyone loves Trig. But Maggie’s just a middler; invisible and left behind. Then, one hot September day, she meets Una, a hungry wanderer girl in need of help, and everything Maggie has ever known gets turned on its head.
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The shortlist for the Branford Boase Award will be announced on 30th April, and winners will be announced on 1st July at a ceremony in London.
Congratulations, Kirsty and Kirsty!