We're very proud that a number of Usborne children's and young adult fiction titles have won or been shortlisted for major awards in 2019 and 2018, including the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the YA Book Prize, as well as many regional awards.
Two magical stories with unforgettable characters have been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2019: The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell and The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2019 Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2019 Selected for the Summer Reading Challenge 2019 All aboard for a magical journey... When Suzy hears a strange rattling noise in the middle of the night, she creeps downstairs to find a train roaring through her house. But this is no ordinary train. This is the magical delivery express for The Union of Impossible Places. Whisked onboard by a troll boy called Wilmot, Suzy's world is turned upside down when she's given the job of delivering a cursed package to the fearsome sorceress, Lady Crepuscula. Except when the mysterious package begs not to be delivered, Suzy discovers the fate of the Impossible Places might just be in her hands...
Marinka dreams of a normal life, where her house stays in one place long enough for her to make friends. But her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. For Marinka's grandmother is Baba Yaga, who guides spirits between this world and the next. Marinka longs to change her destiny and sets out to break free from her grandmother's footsteps, but her house has other ideas...
Exactly thirty years since Geraldine McCaughrean first won the Carnegie Medal – the most prestigious children's book award – she won the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 again for Where the World Ends, a gripping story of survival based on a true story.
Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018. Every summer Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one arrives to take them home. Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they've been abandoned – cold, starving and clinging to life, in the grip of a murderous ocean. How will they survive?
A haunting, immersive and unforgettable reading experience The CILIP Carnegie Children's Book Awards, 2018
Geraldine McCaughrean, winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018
Will Hill won the Bookseller's YA Book Prize in 2018 for After the Fire – a dark and gripping young adult novel based on a real-life cult. After the Fire was also shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018.
Winner of the YA Book Prize 2018. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Selected for the 2017 Zoella & Friends Book Club. The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade. Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming. Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She’s starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out. What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?
An engrossing, brilliantly realised story which is almost impossible to put down Louise O'Neill, author and judge of the YA Book Prize 2018
Will Hill, winner of the YA Book Prize 2018 for After the Fire
Author Mitch Johnson and Usborne editors Rebecca Hill and Becky Walker won the Branford Boase Award 2018 for Kick – a story about dreaming big and never letting anything stand in your way. The award is given to the most promising new writers and their editors in children's fiction.
Winner of the 2018 Branford Boase Award. Selected for The Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge 2018. Budi's plan is simple. He's going to be a star. Budi's going to play for the greatest team on earth, instead of sweating over each stitch he sews, each football boot he makes. But one unlucky kick brings Budi's world crashing down. Now he owes the Dragon, the most dangerous man in Jakarta. Soon it isn't only Budi's dreams at stake, but his life. A story about dreaming big, about hope and heroes, and never letting anything stand in your way.
A fantastically original debut that champions hope, dogged optimism in the face of adversity, and friendship M. G. Leonard, author of Beetle Boy and Branford Boase Award judge
Mitch Johnson, winner of the Branford Boase Award 2018, with his editors Rebecca Hill (left) and Becky Walker (right) and judge M. G. Leonard (far right)
Helena Duggan's perfectly creepy novel A Place Called Perfect saw off strong competition to win the Best Crime Novel for Children 8-12 at the Crimefest Book Awards.
Violet never wanted to move to Perfect. Who wants to live in a town where everyone has to wear glasses to stop them going blind? And who wants to be neat and tidy and perfectly behaved all the time? But Violet quickly discovers there's something weird going on – she keeps hearing noises in the night, her mum is acting strange and her dad has disappeared. When she meets Boy she realizes that her dad is not the only person to have been stolen away...and that the mysterious Watchers are guarding a perfectly creepy secret!
One of those books that you think about when you're not reading it and can't wait to find out what happens next Tom Fletcher, author
Helena Duggan, author of A Place Called Perfect
Matt Killeen's debut novel Orphan Monster Spy – a dark and disturbing thriller set in Nazi Germany – was shortlisted for the very prestigious Costa Children's Book Award in 2018.
Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2019 Shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Children's Book Award. A teenage spy. A Nazi boarding school. The performance of a lifetime. Sarah has played many roles – but now she faces her most challenging of all. Because there's only one way for a Jewish orphan spy to survive at a school for the Nazi elite. And that's to become a monster like them. Survive. Deceive. Resist. They think she is just a little girl. But she is the weapon they never saw coming... with a mission to destroy them all.
A compelling, darkly thrilling debut – tense, cinematic and brilliant Costa Children's Book Award judges
Matt Killeen, author of Orphan Monster Spy