Friday, February 14, 2014

Longlists and other nice things...

Lots of nice things have happened in the world of Infinite Sky lately. First of all, it has made the next stage of the Carnegie Medal judging process, and been longlisted alongside fellow Lucky 13 Stephanie Kueh's stunning debut Charm and Strange and my pal Phil Earle's wonderful Heroic, as well as other more established writers, including Anne Fine, David Almond and Geraldine McCaughrean.

It has also longlisted for the Branford Boase Award, along with lots more writing pals and colleagues, including Emma Pass (ACID), Helen Douglas (After Eden) Holly Smale (Geek Girl), and also fellow Simon and Schusterites, CJ Harper (The Disappeared) and Costa Children's shortlisted Sarah Naughton's The Hanged Man Rises.

This is an award set up to commemorate an author and editor team - Henrietta Bradford and Wendy Boase - and as such acknowledges the work of the editor of the book too, so it's especially lovely to be able to share some of the glory with more of the book's team.

There are some marvellous books on both lists, but my favourite read so far is either Rooftoppers by Kathryn Rundell or Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn. I recommend everyone reads both immediately.

Also, in the last few weeks, my good friend Nathan Filer won the Costa Award, and I am incredibly proud of him. Did you see him? He was everywhere! If you haven't read The Shock of the Fall already, then, really, it's time.

In international news, this month Infinite Sky came out in Germany where it is retitled Who Do You Love If I'm Dead? which I really adore, and here is the cover.

Please let me know what you think, as I love to hear from you, even if you hate things.

Finally, in the UK, Infinite Sky is getting a new cover, and I've seen the first ideas, and it's really gorgeous. I will share it with you as soon as I am allowed...