I’m thrilled that Wranglestone has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the category of ‘Older Readers’. Waterstones is made up of an amazingly dedicated team of booksellers and it’s a range of those booksellers from across all regions of the UK who form a jury for this prize. I can’t thank them enough for championing Wranglestone and its two young boys.


Of all the milestones in Wranglestone’s journey since publication, I’m probably most excited and proud of this new edition. In advance of the books’ sequel next year, Wranglestone’s been completely rebranded and illustrated by industry superstar, Karl James Mountford. There are so many directions a book could be driven towards. With it’s mash-up of various genres, this is probably particularly true of something like Wranglestone. But in Karl, I knew I’d found a kindred spirit and someone who understood not only the novel’s numerous story elements and American midwest setting, but, in the romance between Peter and Cooper, its hope and heart.

This edition is available now.

WRANGLESTONE Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award (press hyperlink)

The longlist for the 2021 Branford Boase Award is announced today (Thursday 28 January 2021). Set up in memory of award-winning author Henrietta Branford and her editor Wendy Boase, one of the founders of Walker Books, the Branford Boase Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children. It has a notable record in picking out the most talented authors at the start of their career. Past winners and shortlisted authors have included Siobhan Dowd, Meg Rosoff, Mal Peet, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Patrick Ness as well as Frances Hardinge, M G Leonard and Philip Reeve.

WRANGLESTONE Shortlisted for the YA BOOK PRIZE. (Press Hyperlink)

The YA Book Prize launched in 2014 to award a YA title written by an author living in the UK or Ireland.
It is the first prize in the UK and Ireland to specifically focus on fiction for young adults and addresses an important need for a prize in the growing YA and teen market. The prize celebrates great books for teenagers and young adults and aims to get more teens reading and buying books.
Previous winners of the prize are Louise O’Neill’s Only Ever Yours (2015), Sarah Crossan’s One (2016), Patrice Lawrence’s Orangeboy (2017), Will Hill’s After the Fire (2018), Sara Barnard’s Goodbye, Perfect (2019) and Juno Dawson’s Meat Market (2020).
The prize is organised by book trade magazine The Bookseller and it is run in partnership with Hay Festival. The shortlist is selected by a team at The Bookseller and the winner is selected by a panel of expert and teenage judges, who are asked to pick the book they believe is the best-written and that they would be most likely to share with young adults.