Good news! The Queen and the Nobody Boy is on the junior fiction short list for the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. Winners are to be announced on 24 June.
It’s exciting to think that Hodie’s adventures on the wind-train will be read by a wider audience here in NZ over the next 2 ½ months.
Have a look at Best Friends are Books blog to see why Hodie became the main character.
I’ll be travelling in the South Island to promote the Awards. More details later.
And what a great time this is for the wonderful Gecko Press, publisher of TQATNB. Last week at the Bologna Book Fair Gecko won Best Children’s Book Publisher in Oceania. I’m calling it Best Publisher in the Watery World.
Also Gecko has a total of three books on the NZCPA short list. Jack Lasenby is there on the junior fiction list with Uncle Trev and His Whistling Bull and has just been awarded a White Raven for it as well. Gavin Bishop and Margaret Mahy’s Mr Whistler is on the picture book list. That’s a gale of joyful whistling from all concerned.
Here’s the full short list.