Cogheart wins the Dudley Teen Book Award 2017!

 

Malkin with the Dudley Teen Book Award

I am delighted to announce that this time last Tuesday, Cogheart won the Dudley Teen Book Award 2017.

I had a wonderful day at Dormston School, in Sedgley, where I got to meet three of the other shortlisted writers Ally Sherrick (Black Powder), Jane Elson (Swimming to the moon), and Stewart Foster (Bubble Boy). Each of us had the chance to talk to the invited audience of nearly 400 children from the 12 local schools who had read the shortlisted books and voted for the award, and then answer some questions about our books. There was a video message from US nominees Ann Martin (How to look for a lost dog) and Laura Martin (Edge of Extinction), and then the winner was announced…

Me with some of the nominated authors: Stewart Foster (Bubble Boy) Ally Sherrick (Black Powder) and Jane Elson (Swimming to the moon)

I was elated that Cogheart won, especially against such amazing competition, and I got up to accept the award – a star shaped medal! – and even managed to muster up a short acceptance speech.

Afterwards there was time to meet some of the students and sign books, some of them showed me their fantastic colouring in of Becca and Kath’s beautiful cover. And a few others even requested group selfies.

Signing queue selfies with the students

Thanks so much to the staff and students – especially the amazing Bailey – of Dormston High School for looking after us during the event. and to Donna and Belle and everyone from Dudley Library Service for organising such a fantastic day. And congratulations to all the other nominated authors, it was so much fun to meet you and hear all about your books.

You can read Ally Sherrick’s take on it all, over on her author website here…

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