Salford Children's Book Award

SCBA 2019The Salford Children's Book Award is back for 2019!

The shortlist for the 2019 Salford Children's Book Award has been announced. The five authors on the shortlist will all be attending the award ceremony in March.

Salford high schools can now sign up to take part, and reserve their places at the ceremony, where pupils can meet the authors and the winner will be announced.

Participating schools will receive copies of the shortlisted books, so that pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 can read and discuss them. Then in February 2019, the pupils will vote to decide the winner.

2019 Shortlist

The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell

Auden Dare has always had a rare condition; he can't see in colour. Now life is getting harder, as the worldwide war for water creeps closer to home.

But when Auden uncovers a secret in his uncle's shed, an extraordinary mystery begins to unravel - one that could change his life, and the future of the world, forever...

Twister by Juliette Forrest

When magic whirls, danger creeps closer...

A young girl searches for her missing father, with the help of a witch and a magic necklace.

There is magic and danger in these pages, adventure and thrills to be found. Follow Twister inside - if you dare...

Kick by Mitch Johnson

Budi dreams big. He's going to be a star footballer playing for Real Madrid like his idol, instead of working in a sweatshop making the boots his idol wears. But one unlucky kick brings the real world crashing down.

Because now he owes the Dragon, the deadliest gang lord in Jakarta.

Sky Thieves by Dan Walker

Zoya DeLarose wakes aboard a creaking sky ship in the dead of the night. She has no idea why she was smuggled aboard, or that her life is about to change forever.

With the deadliest of enemies closing in, will she find the strength to soar, or will she plummet from the skies, with no one left to break her fall?

The 1,000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford

There are stories about people who want to live forever. This is a story about someone who wants to stop...

Alfie Monk is like any other nearly teenage boy - except he's 1,000 years old and can remember the last Viking invasion of England. Obviously no one believes him.

Living forever: it's not all it's cracked up to be.

Background to the Award

2019 will be the sixteenth year of the Salford Children's Book Award; the award is designed to introduce 11 to 14 year olds to a range of books and authors, and to promote reading for the sheer fun of it.

Books eligible for the 2019 award must:

  • Have been published in the UK between April 2017 and March 2018
  • Be excellent stand-alone reads
  • Have been written by authors living in the UK

The award is facilitated by Salford Schools' Library Service. School-based reading groups are run by high school librarians and/or members of the high school English department. Pupils read all the shortlisted books and vote for their favourite title.

For further details, or if your school would like to sign up, please contact Salford Schools' Library Service by calling 0161 778 0936 or email

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