And the Winner is . . .

From left to right - Helen Limon, Me and Karon Alderman

I am delighted to announce that Helen Limon has won the 2011 Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award for Om Shanti, Babe.   The judges described this manuscript as ‘Fabulous . . . laugh-out-loud funny’ and the extracts I had the privelege of hearing where definitely that.  I can’t wait to read the whole thing.

The tale of teenage Cassia, who is forced to drop her preconceived ideas when she joins her mother on a business trip to south India, takes in fair trade and environmental issues alongside Cassia’s struggles to accept her mother’s new Indian partner, her spiky tussles with fashion-mad friend-to-be Priyanka and her crushes on pop star Jonny Gold and Dev, a boy she meets on a train.

The lovely Karon Alderman, who you may recall I interviewed following her short-listing last year, Karon received the Highly Commended award for For Keeps, the tale of a young asylum seeker and her family.

Coming Soon:

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