Book award

14th September 2001 at 01:00
The Askews Children's Book Award shortlist, which focuses on fiction for nine to 12-year-olds by authors who have not already been shortlisted for major awards, is announced today. Children in Years 5, 6 and 7 will be asked to choose the winning book in the spring term by voting on TES books editor Geraldine Brennan and Michael Thorn, deputy head of Hawkes Farm primary school, Hailsham, East Sussex, compiled the shortlist with Robert Sanderson, children's books buyer for Askews Library Services, Preston. More information about the award and the shortlist on

The shortlist Dreadful Acts, by Philip Ardagh (Faber); Angel Factory, by Terence Blacker (Macmillan), reviewed June 8, 2001, Friday magazine; Joey Pigza Loses Control, by Jack Gantos (Corgi Yearling), reviewed July 27, 2001, TES; Amongst the Hidden, by Margaret Haddix (Red Fox), reviewed March 23, 2001, Friday magazine; Point Blanc, by Anthony Horowitz (Walker Books); Tribes, by Catherine MacPhail (Puffin), reviewed May 25, 2001, Primary magazine; Compass Murphy, by Stephen Potts (Egmont); Simone's Diary, by Helena Pielichaty (Oxford University Press), reviewed October 20, 2000, Primary magazine; The Edge Chronicles Volume 4: the Curse of the Gloamglozer, by Paul Stewart, illustrated by Chris Riddell (Doubleday); Grandma, You're Dead, by Sharon O Tai (Bloomsbury Children's Books).

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