Younger Children and Overall Winner: Mixed
Written and illustrated by: Arree Chung
Published by: Macmillan
Despite their differences the Reds, the Yellows and the Blues live peacefully together until one of them announces that they are the best. The colours end up living completely separately until a Yellow and a Blue meet and become friends, and gradually new colours emerge. This is an inspiring and thought-provoking tale about tolerance and celebrating differences presented in an age-appropriate way. The delightful black and white illustrations with vivid spots of colour for the characters enhance the words wonderfully.
Younger Readers: The Dog Who Lost His Bark
Written by: Eoin Colfer
Illustrated by: P. J. Lynch
Published by: Walker Books
A touching story about a boy called Patrick who helps a traumatised puppy regain his trust in humans. Patrick is also having to come to terms with changes in his own family and the puppy instinctively knows how to help. Music is the key to recovery for both dog and boy alike. P J Lynch’s gentle pencil drawings are beautifully matched to this heart-warming tale.
Older Readers: Armistice Runner
Written by: Tom Palmer
Published by: Barrington Stoke
Compassionately and sensitively told, this is the gripping story of Lily, a young and anxious fell runner, troubled by self-doubt and the effects of Alzheimer’s on her beloved grandmother. Her moving tale is intertwined with the compelling First World War diaries of her courageous great-great grandfather, also a fell runner. The need for speed, terrain knowledge and grit is paramount. The power of memory, loyalty and resilience shine through and inspire.