Readers and Writers of the Future

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Last week was pretty exciting – and busy.

First of all, I learned that The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth has been selected for the shortlists of two further book prizes, Oldham Brilliant Books 2014 (you can see the whole list here) and now Stockport Children’s Book Award 2014.

As Clemency has already been shortlisted for the 2014 Rotherham Children’s Book Awards – winners announced on 10th June! – I am feeling very warmly towards this part of the world.

And I’m so pleased that councils, schools and library services still put funding plus loads of enthusiasm and hard work into making these fantastic Reading For Pleasure initiatives happen. Encouraging a love of reading in children and young people is crucial: these are the readers – and writers – of the future. We need them!

Next, I began a season of regular posts on the lovely Girls Heart Books blog, starting with that essential writing tool: coffee.

And finally, in the run up to the culmination – and final voting – at the very thrilling Booktrust Best Book Awards, I’ve posted something about my writing process on their blog, too, along with pictures of my scribbly writer’s notebooks. A true reflection of my scribbly mind, no doubt.


drawing of Miss Clawe from The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth by Julia Lee, author's sketchbook

Miss Clawe and her nasty net glove


Promoting a love of reading – Rotherham Children’s Book Awards

Rotherham Children's Book Awards 2014

Rotherham Children’s Book Awards 2014 were launched in February and I was delighted to learn that The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth is on the shortlist of four books in the Middle category, that is, books for years 4-5 (8-10 year olds).

The Rotherham Children’s Book Awards are the culmination of a year-long process for schools to promote a love of reading, using the best books – from jolly picture books to edgy teen reads – from the thousands released that year. The great thing about it is that the shortlist is chosen by a group of students and people working in Rotherham’s schools and libraries.

This is the 14th year of the award and it ends in a day’s celebration in June attended by hundreds of children and teenagers from Rotherham schools. There are loads of book-related activities and displays of work created by the children, based on the books they have most enjoyed during the year. Authors who attended in previous years have blogged about it: you can read Jonathan Emmett and Teri Terry’s accounts of the day.

Find details of all the books up for the 2014 Awards here. It’s not just the usual suspects, either.