Mini Grey, Andrew Norriss, Beverley Naidoo and Elizabeth Laird all have titles longlisted across all categories for the UKLA Book Awards 2016.
Mini Grey’s Space Dog tells the story of Space Dog who, on his final mission, finds himself with an Astrocat aboard his ship. Space Dogs and Astrocats are sworn enemies, but things change when they find a Moustronaut in peril! Space Dog is longlisted in the 3-6 years category.
Who Is King written by Beverley Naidoo is a collection of ten stories drawn from African folklore. It includes stories from Ethiopia, Ghana, Zimbabwe and South Africa which are illustrated by Piet Grobler. The book is longlisted in the 7-11 category.
Also in the 7-11 category is The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird. Solomon loves to run and dreams of being a gold-medal-winning athlete despite his ragged shorts and bare feet. When his grandfather falls ill on a trip to Addis Ababa, it’s up to Solomon to run the twenty miles back home to get help with his grandfather’s life hanging in the balance.
Finally, Jessica’s Ghost by Andrew Norriss has been longlisted in the 12-16 category. Francis is the first person who’s been able to see Jessica, a ghost who doesn’t know how or why she died. The two of them become inseparable friends and discover a secret which links them, and holds the key to discovering how Jessica died.
Congratulations to Mini, Beverley, Elizabeth and Andrew!