The 2013 Branford Boase Award has been won by Author Dave Shelton and his editor David Fickling for A Boy and a Bear in a Boat. The £1,000 award is given each year to the author and editor of the most outstanding debut novel for children. The book tells of a boy and a bear that go to sea in a boat called Harriet, accompanied by a suitcase and a ukelele, only to find themselves caught up in a turbulent storm with a sea monster.
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat was also shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2013. Look out for this book in the Discovery Library soon!