Sharon Cohen shortlisted for Branford Boase Award 2018

2nd May 2018

Sharon Cohen’s debut novel, The Starman and Me, has been shortlisted for the 2018 Branford Boase Award.

Now in its 19th year, the Branford Boase is considered to be one of the most important awards in children’s literature. Of the award, the Branford Boase panel chair and children’s director of the Hay Festival, Julia Eccleshare, said ‘Each year the Branford Boase Award discovers authors with outstanding talent and promise: this year is no exception.’

A proper adventure for all curious middle graders’ (Bookbag), The Starman and Me explores where we have come from and where we are moving to. It’s about the magic of DNA, the power of identity, and the importance of caring for each other.

When twelve-year-old Kofi spots a prehistoric human he would come to know as Rorty Thrutch curled into a tight ball at a supermarket roundabout, he would never have suspected his amazing powers. Rorty can copy, paste and delete objects, using only the power of his mind. This is the discovery of the century and mad, greedy scientists will stop at nothing to track him down. Kofi and best friend Janie are on a mission. Not only must they protect Rorty, but they have to find his missing girlfriend Pogsy Blue, too. Our prehistoric ancestors have crashed headlong into the 21st century and time is running out to save them…

The winner of the 2018 Branford Boase Award will be announced on Wednesday 4th July at a ceremony in London. The winning author will receive a cheque for £1,000 and both author and editor receive a unique, hand-crafted silver-inlaid box.

Related Books

The Starman and Me

The Starman and Me

Quercus, 2017