Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s gorgeous debut The Girl of Ink & Stars has been shortlisted for yet another award! This time, it’s Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.
Set at the start of the Golden Age of mapmaking, this is a skilfully crafted middle-grade adventure novel inspired by the Canarian myth of Guayota and his demon-dogs.
Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland - and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring. Following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.
The British Book Awards, or Nibbies, honours the commercial success of publishers, authors and bookshops. There are six individual books of the year awards, and as well as a winner being chosen in each category, an overall book of the year is also chosen from the category winners.
“The idea behind the books of the year is to celebrate the whole journey from the author’s mind to the reader’s hand, and showcase the range and depth of modern publishing. It’s about the story itself, but also the way that the publishing contributes both to the story telling and to finding an audience.”
The winners will be announced on 8th May 2017.