Linda Buckley Archer's wonderful novel Gideon the Cutpurse has been shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award, which celebrates the most promising book by a first-time UK children's novelist, and highlights the importance of the editor in nurturing new authors. Gideon was edited by Venetia Gosling at Simon and Schuster.
Also on this year's shortlist of seven are A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd, edited by David Fickling, and Beast by Ally Kennen, edited by Marion Lloyd; the judges include Frances Hardinge, who won the award last year for Fly By Night.
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday, 28th June in London.
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The sequel to Gideon, The Tar Man is out soon. I'll be interviewing Linda for The Edge of the Forest later in the year. And you can visit the trilogy's website here.