We got pipped at the post for the Little Rebels Award, but hot on the heels of being shortlisted for the UKLA Prize and the Tower Hamlets Book Award, I’m beaming with pride to find out No Man’s Land has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal. This is a book that was born in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, and Trump’s rise in the US. As a former political adviser, I wanted to be back doing something to change the mess we were heading towards and found myself frustrated that I wasn’t in a position to do anything useful any more. But I’ve always been someone who truly believes words can and do change the world, and none more so than in children’s books, where we get to show readers who they might become, and how they might play a part in building a better tomorrow. And No Man’s Land tries to do just that – offering a sliver of hope in the darkness. This is my third nomination, and perhaps, like Joe All Alone and Everybody Hurts, it won’t get further, but I’ve always been happy to be the bridesmaid – it’s still an enormous honour, after all.
You can read the full list of nominations by clicking here.