Little Rebels Children’s Book Award winner announced
Gill Lewis has won the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for radical children’s fiction for her book Scarlet Ibis (OUP), reports the Guardian. Lewis’ book for readers aged nine to 12, about two siblings sent to live with foster families, was chosen from a shortlist of eight. Judge Kim Reynolds said the choice was unanimous. ‘We all agreed that Scarlet Ibis stands out as a book that not only fulfils the criteria for the award but is also excellently crafted. Birds, especially the scarlet ibis, weave the book’s multiple storylines together and provide a moving backdrop for a story that celebrates the often overlooked courage, loyalty and competence of children.’ The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award is open to fiction for children aged 0-12 that ‘promotes or celebrates social justice and equality’. For more information, visit the website here.