Costa Children’s Book Award
The 2012 prize has gone to Moira Young for her debut book Blood Red Road.
Set in a dystopian future world, Blood Red Road (Marion Lloyd Books) tells the story of 18-year-old Saba, a tough young woman who embarks on an epic quest to rescue her twin brother when he is kidnapped by four mysterious horsemen. Moira Young was one of the twelve writers and illustrators featured in last year’s Books for Keeps feature on rising talent, and the article praised her fluent, witty and irreverent style, as well as her inventiveness with future world technologies and customs.
The other books on the Costa short-list were Flip by Martyn Bedford, The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans.
Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize
How the World Works by Christiane Dorion, ill. Beverley Young (Templar) has won this year’s prize. An interactive, pop-up book exploring the science of the earth, the idea for the book came from a meeting of two parents whilst waiting for their children at the school gates. The two parents were Amanda Wood and Christiane Dorion. The title came first… and that was the start of the synchronicity. How the World Works was also shortlisted for the Blue Peter Best Books with Facts and the SLA Information Book Award.