The judges were delighted by this wonderful picture book where the illustration and the language work together flawlessly to guide a young reader through the story. Good Little Wolf takes key emblems from folklore and then subverts them in a glorious final twist. Utterly unsentimental, it has originality, wit and the power to hook young readers.
This is the exceptionally well crafted tale of Kasienka and her mother, who come to England to search for her father. The story takes the reader on an unforgettable journey through the difficulties and pleasures of becoming part of a new and often harsh society. Weight of Water is a powerfully emotional and beautifully rich poetic text, filled with issues demanding to be shared and discussed and accessible to children about to make their own transition to secondary school
The author makes her UK debut with a very gripping, original and important story of two young women in World War Two. It is a story that does not flinch from the brutality of torture and interrogation, but it includes moments of wry humour which both lighten the tone and bring the characters vividly to life.It is written in the first person with a very clever interweaving of narrative, recollection and characterisation, which twists and turns in intriguing ways, keeping the reader guessing throughout. Brilliantly researched, the power of the narration make this book truly outstanding.