The Bolton Children’s Fiction Awards 2020

The Bolton Children’s Fiction Award is run by Bolton School. Pupils participating in the Award are asked to vote for their favorite books.



Clownfish by Alan Durant

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A matter of life, death … and fish

Species: Clownfish (Daddicus fishibum)
Habitat: The aquarium
Food: Fish flakes/cheeseburgers

Special notes:
After Dad’s funeral, I thought I’d never see him again. But when I visited the aquarium, there he was-only, he’d turned into a clownfish!

I don’t think Mum’s ready to hear the news just yet.
So for now, it’ll have to be my secret…


The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle

by Victoria Williamson

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She is the Fox Girl.
I am the White Gazelle.
Together we can outrun anything.

Reema feels completely lost. She’ll never call this strange country, with its grey skies and boring food home. Syria is her home and it’s
a million miles away.

Caylin feels completely alone. She’s looking after her useless mum, stealing from other kids so she can eat. She can’t tell anyone,
they’ll only let her down.

The refugee and the bully – Reema and Caylin can’t imagine being friends, until a shared
secret brings them together

The Lost Magician by Piers Torday

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Move one more muscle dear reader and that will be the last book you ever touch.

It’s 1945. They have survived the Blitz, but when Simon, Patricia, Evelyn and Larry step through a mysterious library door, it is the beginning of their most dangerous adventure.

The many stories of the library are locked in eternal war and the children’s only hope is to find their creator – a magician who has been lost for centuries.

What they find will change not just their own lives, but the fate of the world, for ever …

Malamander by Thomas Taylor

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Who will uncover the secret of the Malamander?

In the basement of the Grand Nautilus Hotel,
a mysterious girl crashes into Herbie Lemon’s
room and cries, “Hide me!”

In the window of the Eerie Book Dispensary,
a mechanical mermonkey sits and waits.

And out beyond the pier, something stirs.
Could the legendary Malamander have returned?

The Skylarks War by Hilary McKay

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Can their family survive this fearful war?

Against the backdrop of the First World War, Clarry, her brother Peter and their cousin Rupert tackle life’s ups and downs, living for their long summers spent running free at their grandparents’ house in Cornwall.

But rumours of a terrible war threaten to change their lives forever.

When Rupert goes off to fight at the front, Clarry feels their skylark summers are finally slipping away from them.


Wildspark By Vashti Hardy

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In Medlock, machines don’t come to life – life comes to machines.

Prue Hardwood is on a mission : getting the ghost machines of Medlock to remember the people they used to be. She needs to find her brother, Francis.

If she fails, her brother will stay dead. And if she succeeds, all of society may fall apart.