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Posted by Tom, December 5, 2014

The Spy Who Loved School Dinners is on the Blue Peter Book Award shortlist!

Today is a very, very happy day in the Crow’s Nest, because Pamela’s Butchart’s brilliant, hilarious novel, The Spy Who Loved School Dinners, brilliantly illustrated by Thomas Flintham, has been shortlisted for a Blue Peter Book Award!

The book is shortlisted in the Best Story category, fighting off tough competition as one of only three finalists, alongside Chris Riddell’s Goth Girl and the Fete Worse than Death and Polly Ho-Yen’s The Boy in the Tower.

Two hundred children from across the UK will now read the shortlisted books and vote for the two winners, who will be announced live on Blue Peter on World Book Day, 5 March 2015.

The Spy Who Loved School Dinners is the second brilliantly bonkers book from the author of Baby Aliens Got My Teacher! – it’s loaded with laughs and crazy capers and PERFECT for 6-9 year olds who love funny books. If you need MORE convincing (and honestly I don’t see why you won’t just take my word for it), you can read some great reader reviews of the book here.

Kate says, “We’re just bursting with pride about this. We’re really happy to be bringing completely new voices to readers, and Pamela’s voice was one that had us all laughing from the first page of her writing that we read. We don’t publish ready-made big names; we don’t publish celebrities;and to have someone who was an unpublished writer just 12 months ago recognised in this way is such a validation of our approach, and such a deserved celebration of Pamela’s writing and of Thomas’s illustration.”

Here’s a look inside the book:


And if you’d like to read more, you can buy it online here.

Many, many congratulations to Pamela – and good luck!