Welcome to the ages 9-11 award category area. We'll be adding to this page as the awards progress so please check back regularly.
We are pleased to announce our 2020-21 shortlisting panel members. Click the link below to find out a little bit more about who's involved this year.
We had an amazing response from authors and publishers in our inaugural year and were still receiving book submissions right up to the deadline.
Congratulations to all the books, authors, illustrators and publishers who made our longlist this year:
A Clock of Stars: The Shadow Moth by Francesca Gibbons & Chris Riddell, HarperCollins Publishers
After the War by Tom Palmer, Barrington Stoke
Boy, Everywhere by A. M. Dassu, Old Barn Books
Children of the Benin Kingdom by Dinah Orji & Sonya McGilchrist, Dinosaur Books
Kidnap on the California Comet by M. G. Leonard, Sam Sedgman & Elisa Paganelli, Pan Macmillan
Monstrous Devices by Damien Love, Rock the Boat
The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson & Rob Biddulph, Usborune Publishing
Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha Farrant, Faber & Faber
When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten, Pushkin Press
When Secrets Set Sail by Sita Brahmachari, Orion Children’s Books
The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley, Bloomsbury Children's Books
Wonderscape by Jennifer Bell, Walker Books
Unfortunately we couldn't take all of the submissions forward. Here's a list of all of those that didn't quite make our longlist this year:
The Adventures of Izzy and Columbus – Nakamomo Island by Zoe Verner, The Conrad Press
A Postcard to Ollis by Ingunn Thon & Nora Brech, Wacky Bee Books
Bauble, Me and the Family Tree by Jenny Moore, Maverick Arts Publishing
The Boy with the Butterfly Mind by Victoria Williamson, Floris Books
Crater Lake by Jennifer Killick, Firefly Press
Demelza and the Spectre Detectors by Holly Rivers, Chicken House
Emily Lime Librarian Detective: The Pencil Case by Dave Shelton, David Fickling Books
The Girl Who Stole an Elephant by Nizrana Farook, Nosy Crow
Hope against Hope by Sheena Wilkinson, Little Island
The Infinite by Patience Agbabi, Canongate Books
The Light Hunters by Dan Walker, UCLan Publishing
Mohinder's War by Bali Rai, Bloomsbury Education
Moonchild: Voyage of the Lost and Found by Aisha Bushby & Rachael Dean, Egmont
Moon Dog by Jane Elson, Hodder Children’s Books
Secret of the Dark Woods by Scott Jones & Sara Valsar, KAmedia
Tiger Skin Rug by Joan Haig, Cranachan Publishing
Victoria Stitch: Bad and Glittering by Harriet Muncaster, Oxford University Press
You Must be Layla by Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Penguin Random House Children's
These awards are led by an independent group of people working in education in Kingston & Richmond Schools. Spark! is working closely with AfC and is supported by the Education Leads of the two councils.
WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE REGENCY BOOKSHOP IN SURBITON AND for CLARE SPENcER DESIGN, WHO PROVIDED our Spark! logo.
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