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Awards: WASTED won the Read it or Else category in the Coventry Award and was runner-up in the North East Book Award. It is longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Manchester, Grampian, Angus, and RED Awards.


Thursday, 2 September 2010

THE NORTH EAST BOOK AWARD

Some lovely news for WASTED today - its third shortlisting! And it's a particularly lovely one: The North East Book Award. Books from all over the UK but voted for by teenagers in the north east of England. It's a daunting shortlist but I don't mind because I know the party will be fab! (I know this because I was there with Fleshmarket seven years ago and it's where my favourite quote from a teenager comes from: "People who say teenagers don't read haven't seen us!")

The full shortlist is:
The Dead House by Anne Cassidy
When I Was Joe by Keren David
Auslander by Paul Dowswell
Rowan the Strange by Julie Hearn
Savannah Grey by Cliff McNish
Wasted by Nicola Morgan

I'm really pleased to see Keren David there. I met her for the first time last week and really liked her. I think it's her first shortlisting, or at least it's her first book. Hooray! And Anne Cassidy is a friend too, so it will be lovely to see her again, and to meet the others.

The result is announced at a ceremony and party in Newcastle at the end of January. But I honestly am just delighted to be on the shortlist. That's the clever bit - the rest comes down to chance. But I hope no one actually tosses a coin to make their decision.


16 comments:

HelenMHunt said...

Yey - that's brilliant Mrs.

catdownunder said...

Well done! Spike must be feeling very pleased with himself. :-)

Jan Jones said...

Congratulations, Nicola!

Rebecca Brown said...

Oh that's wonderful well done!

Keren David said...

Woo hoo, hurray for us! And also all the other authors..what an amazing list to be part of.

Nicola Morgan said...

Thank you all! And hello Keren! It will be fun. When my agent heard about it, she said, "Ohh, that's one of the BEST ones!"

Mary Hoffman's Newsletter said...

Such a great shortlist! Pity there can be only one winner but great for all of you to be there. Have a great night!

Jesse Owen said...

Ooh, fab news and a great shortlist :)

Vanessa Robertson said...

How fab - really pleased for you. Walker must be thrilled too!

Jen Campbell said...

That's fantastic, Nicola, congratulations!

And what a list! I loved Cliff McNish's books when I was younger. xx

Queenie said...

Wow, a hat trick of shortlistings! Great score!

Candy Gourlay said...

well done you guys!

Linda Strachan said...

Great news. Congratulations to you and all on the shortlist!!

Lucy Coats said...

Woohoo! That is SO well-deserved. I'm really delighted for you, Nicola.

Nicola Morgan said...

Thank you, everyone - you are ace. nx

Clare said...

Just seen this - congratulations and good luck!