A little while ago, I shared the happy news that a group of children, whom I’d been working with, had won the Guardian Young Critic’s Award. Today they received their prizes, including an invitation to the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize award ceremony.
They spent the day at the Guardian newsroom, writing, editing and setting the front page of their own newspaper in the newspaper’s incredible, state-of-the-art, education centre. This was followed, this evening by the opportunity to attend the ceremony for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and at the same time pick up their own award.
We were delighted to be in the presence of so many fantastic authors, David Almond, Frances Hardinge, Simon Mason, Tony Bradman, Michelle Paver and, one of the boy’s personal favourites, Andy Stanton. But the evening’s excitement focussed around Andy Mulligan, who picked up the prize for his wonderful book, Return to Ribblestrop.
This incredible book, written by Andy Mulligan, is packed full of exciting adventures, amazing experiences and close insights into the main characters’ minds, as well as plenty of emotion, love, hate, anger, happiness and sadness.