We are absolutely thrilled to see that three of our wonderful authors have been included on the Kinderjury’s (Children’s Jury) Top List for 2022: Jen Carney’s The Accidental Diary of B.U.G in the 6-9 years category, and both Helen Rutter’s The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh and Katie Kirby’s The Extremely Embarrassing Life of Lottie Brooks in the 10-12 years category.
The Kinderjury Prize takes place in the Netherlands every year. Thousands of children are encouraged to read as many books as they can, before casting their votes for their favourite books from the last year in the 6-9 and 10-12 age groups. The two books with the most votes will win the coveted prize for ‘Best Book’.
Voting opened on the 11th April and the winners will be announced in May.
Jen Carney’s The Accidental Diary of B.U.G was published in April 2021, selected as a Bookseller ‘One to Watch’ and shortlisted for the Spark School Book Awards. In it we follow the laugh-out-loud adventures of Billie Upton Green (yes, yes, that’s the BUG bit, move on) as she takes the new girl at school under her wing.
Helen Rutter’s The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh is the hilarious, against-all-odds triumph of a story about eleven-year-old Billy Plimpton who has a big dream. He wants to be a stand-up comedian – a tough career for anyone, but surely impossible for Billy, who has a stammer. It was named Waterstones’ Children’s Book of the Month, shortlisted for the 2021 Costa Book Awards and 2022 Blue Peter Awards, longlisted for the 2022 Branford Boase Award, and winner of the Teach Primary Book Awards. It was published in February 2021.
Katie Kirby’s The Extremely Embarrassing Life of Lottie Brooks published to great success in March 2021. It topped the Amazon Bestsellers List at no.1, as well as staying on The Sunday Times Bestseller List as one of the top 20 children’s titles for two weeks straight. It was also selected as WHSmith’s Children’s Fiction Book of the Month. This fantastically funny tale follows 11-year-old Lottie Brooks as she navigates the many perils of growing up and starting High School.