This award is for the best book for children and young people aged 9-13. There are 8 shortlisted books carefully selected by a panel of teachers and librarians. The books reflect a diverse range of genres and styles giving the reader many different viewpoints on the world. These books were chosen to help readers find the right story for themselves, the one which grabs them and makes them want to carry on reading for enjoyment. Please read and comment on the books and don’t forget to vote for your favourite!

No country

No country

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  This book was evicted in Round 4.
Pop

Pop!

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  This book was a runner-up.
Cardboard cowboys

Cardboard cowboys

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  This book was evicted in Round 3.
The small things

The small things

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  This book was evicted in Round 2.
When the sky falls

When the Sky Falls

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  This book was evicted in Round 5.
The last gate of the emperor

The last gate of the emperor

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  This book was evicted in Round 1.
Uma and the answer to absolutely everything

Uma and the answer to absolutely everything

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  This book was the category winner.
The boy who made everyone laugh

The boy who made everyone laugh

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  This book was a runner-up.