The Bolton Children’s Fiction Awards 2017

The Bolton Children’s Fiction Awards is run by Bolton School. Pupils participating in the Awards will be asked to vote for their favourite books from 8th May. The Award Ceremony will be held on 6th July 2017.

The six books nominated for 2017 year are as follows:

  The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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This beautifully illustrated fantasy novel is set on the fictional island of Gomera. Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella, the cartographer’s daughter dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped.

When her best friend disappears, she’s determined to be part of the search party. Guided by an ancient map and her knowledge of the stars, Isabella navigates the island’s forgotten territories. But beneath the dry rivers and dead forests a fiery myth is stirring from its sleep.

Beetle Boy by M G Leonard

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Described as “a darkly funny Dahl-esque adventure”, this book mixes science, mystery and humour. When scientist and entomologist Dr Bartholomew Cuttle mysteriously disappears from a locked room, his son Darkus is convinced he has been kidnapped. He sets out to find him accompanied by a giant rhinoceros beetle which seems to have taken on some human characteristics. But to add to the mystery, who are the villainous bickering cousins Gamble and Risk who live next door and could they be involved in the kidnapping?

  The Last Immortal by Alex Marlowe

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13 year old Luke Frankenstein dreams of joining the immortals – a supernatural crime- fighting squad but when he secretly follows them on a mission, he is killed. Waking up the present day, his body given superhuman powers, he finds the world a very different place. The dark pharaoh has returned, and Luke will need all of his powers plus the support of the other Immortals to defeat him.

  Jessica’s Ghost by Andrew Norris

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A ghost story with a difference. Francis has never had a friend like Jessica who makes him feel able to be himself. Jessica has never had a friend like Francis – not only because he makes her laugh but because he is the only person who can see her! With themes of being different and fitting in Jessica’s Ghost is a funny and moving story which ties in beautifully with the ‘Reading Well’ initiative in Bolton’s libraries.

  My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons

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A comic novel, about a boy who after a freak accident develops super powers narrated by his brother who is disappointed that he missed out on the special abilities. When the whole world is threatened by oblivion from a huge asteroid, only Superboy can save the day!

  Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford

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Al Chaudhury gets a letter from his deceased Dad on his thirteenth birthday. He discovers his father’s invention, a time travelling machine. Could the laptop and the tin tub really offer him the chance to travel back to 1984 to alter events and save his Dad’s life?

This astonishing and original novel will make you laugh, cry and wonder – and wish you could turn back time to start reading it all over again!