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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Branford Boase Award (2000-2009)

The Traitor Game by B.R. Collins, edited by Emma Matthewson of Bloomsbury, won the Branford Boase Award for authors and their editors. The Branford Boase Award was set up to reward the most promising new writers and their editors, as well as to reward excellence in writing and in publishing. The Award is made annually to the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards by a first time novelist.

On the Branford Boase website, the novel was described as "a powerful debut that explores the way boys create friendships and how fragile these relationships can be. Encompassing issues of bullying, homosexuality and peer pressure, The Traitor Game never pulls its punches. Set in two worlds it mixes the contemporary teen 'issue' novel with a traditional fantasy story. Both worlds may be different but the actions, emotions and eventual betrayals within them are very much the same."

"It would have made Henrietta Branford and Wendy Boase enormously proud to see what they cared for so much being fostered so well," said chair of the judges Julia Eccleshare. "B. R. Collins and Emma Matthewson are excellent winners to add to this tradition in this tenth anniversary year."

2009 Shortlist:
The Toymaker by Jeremy de Quidt
The Traitor Game by B. R. Collins
Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Bloodline by Katy Moran
Between Two Seas by Marie-Louise Jensen
Flood Child originally published as Reavers' Ransom by Emily Diamand

2008 Winner
Jenny Downham - Before I Die

The Other 2008 Nominees
Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine, -- Highly Commended
Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke
Nathan Fox, Dangerous Times by L Brittney
Waves by Sharon Dogar
The Door of No Return by Sarah Mussi

2007 Winner
Siobhan Dowd - A Swift Pure Cry

The Other 2007 Nominees Gideon the Cutpurse
[and others which wouldn't copy]

2006 Winner
Frances Hardinge - Fly By Night

2005 Winner
Meg Rosoff - How I Live Now

2004 Winner
Mal Peet - Keeper

2003 Winner
Kevin Brooks - Martyn Pig

The Other 2003 Nominees
Massive by Julia Bell
Ice Boy by Patricia Elliott
The Firing by Richard MacSween
Frank and the Black Hamster of Narkiz by Livi Michael
The Quigleys by Simon Mason
Feather Boy by Nicky Singer

2002 Winner
Sally Prue - Cold Tom

The Other 2002 Nominees
Jessica Haggerthwaite – witch dispatcher by Emma Barnes
The Beat Goes On by Adelen Minchin
(Un)arranged Marriage by Bali Rai
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

2001 Winner
Marcus Sedgwick - Floodland

The Other 2001 Nominees
Thanis by Hazel Riley
Wind Singer by William Nicholson

2000 Winner
Katherine Roberts - Song Quest

The Other 2000 Nominees
Hunting Gumnor by Stephen Pots
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Can we keep it, Dad? by Gus Clarke
Troublemakers by Paul May
The Giant Goldfish Robbery by Richard Kidd
Sharp Stuff by Dominic Barker

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