2016 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize announces finalists


i'll give you the sun jandy nelsonWaterstones announced its nominees for the 2016 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize is an award celebrating new talent in children’s and young adult literature published in the U.K. The winners of each category, as well as the book crowned Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year, will be announced at a special event held at Waterstones Piccadilly on March 16.

The nominees for older fiction for the 2016 nominee season are The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle, I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson, The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, Thirteen Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt, Seed by Lisa Heathfield, and The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember in The Accident Season. Towards the end of each October, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone.

I’ll Give You The Sun follows the friendship of twins Jade and Noah, who are torn apart by tragedy.

Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle in The Sin Eater’s Daughter. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court. As the Goddess embodied, she’s the executioner.

When Luke Manchett’s estranged father dies unexpectedly in Thirteen Days of Midnight, he leaves his son a dark inheritance: a collection of eight restless spirits, known as his Host, who want revenge for their long enslavement.

All that Pearl knows can be encapsulated in one word: Seed. It is the isolated community that she was born into, everything that means home, kept under the watchful eye of Papa S.

In The Art of Being Normal, David wants to be something he’s not. Leo wants to stay out of trouble. Alicia thinks Leo is something he is not.

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