This time of year is always exciting for me as it is Red House Children’s Book Award season!
The Red House Children’s Book Award is still the ONLY book award ENTIRELY voted for by children, and every year it is with great anticipation that we await young readers’ verdict.
It is highly respected by teachers, parents and librarians, and has brought acclaim and strong sales to past winners such as J.K. Rowling, Patrick Ness, Suzanne Collins, Michael Morpurgo, Andy Stanton,  and Anthony Horowitz. The award has often been the first to recognise the future stars of children’s fiction and has the ability to turn popular authors into bestsellers. It is now in its 35th year and is owned and run by the Federation of Children’s Book Group

I am delighted today to be showcasing one of the titles from the older readers category. A title written by none other than our current Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman. Recipient of the 2002 award for Noughts & Crosses, she is shortlisted this year for her latest novel Noble Conflict.


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Here are two videos that will tell you a little more about the book

The book trailer:

An introduction by Malorie herself:


And to wet your appetite even more, we have an exclusive extract of Noble Conflict!
Click on the cover of Noble Conflict to discover the first chapter of the novel!





















asheffler“Noble Conflict” has been shortlisted in the older readers category of the 2015 Red House Children’s Book Award. The Red House Children’s Book Award is the only national children’s book award voted for entirely by children. It is owned and coordinated by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, and sponsored by Red House.

You too can get involved in voting for the Red House Children’s Book Award.  You have until mid-January to do so, by visiting the dedicated website.