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Waterstones' award winners announced

Waterstones' award winners announced

Kiran Millwood Hargrave has been announced as the overall winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017 with her debut novel, The Girl of Ink & Stars (Chicken House).

Waterstones' children's buyer Florentyna Martin compared the book to the mythical atmosphere of Pullman's His Dark Materials: "Kiran's storytelling prowess takes a tale already rich with invention and delivers a fantasy of real emotional heft."

MD James Daunt added, "We have a sensationally good winner, a work of imagination and drive that will command a special place on the bookshelves of many generations of readers to come."

In addition to securing her victory as overall winner, The Girl of Ink & Stars was also pronounced winner of the Younger Fiction category. Lizzy Stewart's There's a Tiger in the Garden (Frances Lincoln) won the Illustrated Books category and the urban drama Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence (Hodder) took the Older Fiction category.

The winner takes home a £5000 prize and support from the nationwide network of Waterstones stores.

Here are the titles the winning books were up against in the full Waterstones Children's Book Prize shortlist:

Illustrated Books:

The Bear Who Stared by Duncan Beedie (Templar - Bonnier)

Life is Magic by Meg McLaren (Andersen Press)

Super Stan by Matt Robertson (Orchard Books - Hachette)

The Journey by Francesca Sanna (Flying Eye)

Tiger in a Tutu by Fabi Santiago (Orchard Books - Hachette)

There's a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart (Frances Lincoln)

Younger Fiction:

Cogheart by Peter Bunzl (Usborne)

Captain Pug by Laura James (Bloomsbury)

Beetle Boy by M G Leonard (Chicken House)

The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Chicken House)

Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford (HarperCollins)

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk (Corgi – Penguin Random House)

Older Fiction:

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager (Walker)

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield (Egmont)

Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence (Hodder - Hachette)

The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy (Pushkin)

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit (Bodley Head)

The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Corgi – Penguin Random House)


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