Kim Slater, fellow MA student, and now successful debut novelist has had an amazing bit of news this week. Her book, Smart, has been nominated for the Carnegie award – the medal presented for an outstanding book for children and young people. There are 91 titles on the long list (to view them all, visit: http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/pressdesk/press.php?release=pres_2015_nom_announce_carnegie.html), each of which must have been nominated by a member of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and judged against a specific list of criteria (given on the website).
Notwithstanding Smart is a cracking read (for adults too), there’s something rather special about seeing a story which you saw from the initial idea stage blossoming into a fully fledged novel. Those of us in David Belbin’s Children’s & Young Adult Fiction Class will remember Smart when it was originally a 3,000 word piece. It’s a tribute to Kim’s hard work that it’s grown into such a success.
If you’ve not yet read Smart you can find out more here: http://www.panmacmillan.com/book/kimslater/smart. Fingers crossed for the short list, Kim :0)