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Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2019


So last week I had some pretty thrilling news which was that ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize! This year is the 15th anniversary of the award and the shortlist is chosen by booksellers, so it’s a huge honour to find the dragons on their list for the younger fiction category.


Still wondering if I’m going to wake up from this terrific dream!


It was very exciting to hear the news and even lovelier to get so many wonderful messages of support. Thank you everyone!


If I had scales like Flicker I’d be shimmering ALL the colours! Of course celebrating with the dragons can get a bit hair–‘razing’ so yesterday we had a day out in London.


We spent a lovely day visiting stores and signing stock and spotting all the fabulous displays!


HUGE thanks to all the booksellers for giving the dragons a home on the shortlist and helping them fly out into the world. (Click the arrows to scroll through the pictures)



I was particularly delighted to find myself on a list with some of my personal favourites from last year – written by lovely friends. We have shared the ups and downs of this mad debut year and it is amazing to be on this list with them.


So special congratulations to Vashti, Onjali and Sophie! And further massive congrats to Ewa and Peter whose books I’m looking forward to reading!


I was even asked to appear on BBC Look East talking about my nomination and the books:



Congratulations too to all those authors and illustrators in the picture book category and category for older readers, you can check out all the fabulous shortlisted books here:



Can’t wait until March 21st when we get to party in London at the awards ceremony!

And finally after a very long day yesterday we even managed a detour to Victoria WHSmith’s after getting a tip off that the dragons had been spotted there!





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