The shortlist for the annual Blue Peter Book Awards has been announced and features a range of fiction, non-fiction and, for the first time, a factual comic strip.
- Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen (Doubleday Children’s Books). This is The Day of the Triffids for 2014. Concrete-eating plants (Bluchers) have destroyed London and everyone has fled. However there is still one tower block left standing – can Ade and the others fight off the Bluchers and save their home? Ages 9+
- Goth Girl and the Fete Worse than Death by Chris Riddell (Macmillan Children’s Books). The second in the hilarious Goth Girl series sees a ghostly bake-off put in jeopardy by the unwelcome arrival of vampires. Ages 7+
- The Spy who Loved School Dinners by Pamela Butchart and illustrated by Thomas Flintham (Nosy Crow). When the new girl announces that she loves school dinners, Izzy knows she must be a spy! Nobody loves school dinners, do they? Ages 7+
Best Book with Facts:
- Animalium by Jenny Broom (Templar). A huge and beautifully illustrated book that acts as a virtual museum of the Tree of Life. Ages 7+
- Corpse Talk: Book 1 by Adam Murphy (David Fickling). A comic strip book where the famous and infamous dead are interviewed about their lives. The Corpse Talk series is a regular part of the The Phoenix, a new comic for children which is becoming popular for classroom use so definitely worth checking out. Ages 7+
- The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff by Andy Seed and illustrated by Scott Garrett (Bloomsbury Children’s Books). A funny but true book of silly facts and general weirdness. Ages 7+
The shortlisted books will be read by over 200 children from 10 schools around the UK who will then decide the winner from each category which will be announced on World Book Day on March 5th 2015.