Boy announced as Blue Peter Book of the Year 2002
debut novel of writer Nicky Singer has scooped the Blue Peter Book
of the Year award, to be broadcast on BBC ONE on Sunday 15 December.
Boy is the tale of Robert, a boy who is the class victim, the guy
who's never picked for the team.
no-one is more surprised than Robert himself when a strange old
lady sends him on a quest to solve the mystery of a derelict house.
is a ghoulish legend attached to the house. But to find out what
this past has to do with his own future, Robert must learn what
it really means to fly.
Boy triumphed in the category The Book I Couldn't Put Down, as well
as winning the overall award for the Book of the Year.
was overjoyed at her victory. She said: "I'm thrilled, first
to win an award judged by the people who count - the children -
and second, to get to go to the Blue Peter studio and wear all four
of my Blue Peter badges!"
receiving her award at the ceremony at Television Centre in London,
Nicky also thanked the young judges and her son Roland, who first
suggested that she start writing books for children.
adult judging panel had a busy summer poring over hundreds of children's
paperbacks published in the last year to come up with a shortlist
and broadcaster Ian Hislop chaired the judging and was joined by
author Malorie Blackman, writer and illustrator Shoo Rayner, literature
consultant Liz Attenborough and Editor of Blue Peter, Steve Hocking.
well as the adults, there was a panel of nine young judges who won
their places on the jury by writing a book review and sending it
in to Blue Peter. The search for junior judges brought in over 20,000
were also responsible for deciding the winners in the following
categories: The Best Book to Read Aloud, The Book I Couldn't Put
Down and The Best Information Book.
addition, two other open categories gave children the chance to
vote for their favourite story books and favourite knowledge books
in over 4000 libraries across the UK during the summer.
well as unveiling all the winners, the Blue Peter Book Awards also
reveals the celebrity fave reads of Prime Minister Tony Blair, Will
Young, Nicki Chapman, Ronan Keating and even Basil Brush!
for further information on the winning books, the authors and judges.
Blue Peter Book Awards were administered by the Scottish Book Trust.
of all the winners are listed below:
Blue Peter Book of the Year - Feather Boy, Nicky Singer
(Collins Children's Books)
Best Book to Read Aloud - Crispin, the Pig Who Had It All,
Ted Dewan (Random House)
Book I Couldn't Put Down - Feather Boy, Nicky Singer (Collins
Best New Information Book - Ada Lovelace: The Computer
Wizard of Victorian England, Lucy Lethridge
Storybook - The Story of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
Book With Facts In - Terrible
Tudors, Terry Deary, illustrated by Martin Brown