Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award

Cristy Burne is the winner of the first Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award.
(story from the Times Online)

The inaugural Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award is for an unpublished book for eight to 12-year-olds that reflects cultural diversity either through the story content or the ethnic origins of the author. The first award went to Cristy Burne for Takeshita Demons, in which a Japanese girl whose family has moved from Osaka to London takes on the yokai (demons) of her grandmother’s stories. Takeshita Demons will be published by Frances Lincoln in summer 2010. Meanwhile, any author over 16 who has not previously published fiction for children can enter for the 2010 award (closing date 26 February 2010) . For more details contact diversevoices@sevenstories.org.uk or telephone Helena McConnell on 0845 271 0777.

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