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.
- A full report on the Diverse Voices Event, as it was also the launch of my own Too Much Trouble
- An interview with the DV 2011 winner Helen Limon
- The third part in my thread on children who own no books