2020 Salford Children’s Book Award: Winner Announced!

Sadly this year’s Book Award ceremony could not go ahead, due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

We can now reveal that the winning book is “A Darkness of Dragons” by S.A. Patrick.

We’d like to thank all the shortlisted authors who participated in this year’s award, as well as our sponsors: Capita Reading Cloud, the University of Salford, Aspen Corporate, and the AC Hotel Salford Quays.

And of course, a big thank you to all the Salford high school pupils, librarians and teachers who took part.

S.A. Patrick has sent two video messages for the schools:

2020 Shortlist

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

Marinka longs to change her destiny, but her house has other ideas …

Marinka dreams of a normal life, where her house stays in one place long enough for her to make friends.  But her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning.  For Marinka’s grandmother is Baba Yaga, who guides spirits between this world and the next.

Halo Moon by Sharon Cohen

In Ethiopia, Ageze has unearthed an ancient device that can make predictions.

Halo Moon loves stars, and the night sky is full of them above her remote Yorkshire home.

Bravery, friendship and the magic of an unknowable universe combine in this extraordinary adventure.

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge

How do you know you really exist?

It’s Maisie’s birthday, but the house is empty, and outside the front door is nothing but a dense, terrifying blackness.

Trapped in an ever-shifting reality, Maisie will have to rely on the laws of the universe and the love of her family to save her. And even that might not be enough …

Boy 87 by Ele Fountain

Shif is just an ordinary boy who likes chess, maths and racing his best friend home from school.  But one day, soldiers with guns come to his door – and he knows that he is no longer safe.

This book is a gripping, uplifting tale of one boy’s struggle for survival.

A Darkness of Dragons by S.A. Patrick

Three accidental heroes versus one legendary villain … an epic adventure is born.

Patch Brightwater discovers a deadly truth – the evil Piper of Hamelyn is on the loose.

With the help of Wren, a girl cursed to live as a rat, and Barver, a fire-breathing dracogriff, Patch must stop the Piper sparking the biggest battle of them all.

Background to the Award

2020 will be the seventeenth year of the Salford Children’s Book Award; the award is designed to introduce 11 to 14 year olds to a range of books and authors, and to promote reading for the sheer fun of it.  All the books on the shortlist were published between April 2018 and March 2019.

The award is facilitated by Salford Schools’ Library Service. School-based reading groups are run by high school librarians and/or members of the high school English department. Pupils read all the shortlisted books and vote for their favourite title.

For further details, or if your school would like to sign up, please contact Salford Schools’ Library Service by calling 0161 778 0936 or email schools.library-service@scll.co.uk.