Rosie Rowell and Emily Thomas win Children’s Book Prize

The Branford Boase Award for debut children’s novels is unique among such gongs in that it is awarded jointly to both the author and the editor of the selected book.  The thinking is that the editor plays a vital role in shaping the book drawing on their experience to help the new author. Being an editor is often a thankless task with the writer normally taking all the glory so I think this is a great recognition of an often overlooked skill.

This year’s winners’ book, Leopold Blue, tells the coming of age story of an adolescent girl in South Africa during the collapse of the apartheid system.


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