12-16 Award: Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace, published by Andersen Press
A powerful, devastating read for older teens: “It captures the moment perfectly, the characterisation is brilliant”. One judge’s comment summed up many opinions: “Whoever reads it will be transformed in some way. One inevitably knows more about the world and about yourself as a result of reading it.”
3-11 Award: Birdsong by Ellie Sandall, published by Egmont
The panel felt it is a book young readers will return to again and again. They particularly loved the tongue twisting bird noises and the way the picture book strikes a perfect balance between words and pictures.