2020 Award Winner
The Day I Was Erased –
Maxwell is always in trouble.
He’s a total menace to his teachers and big sister, but has a soft side, too: he rescued his dog, Monster, from being run over and checks on his elderly neighbour after school.
One day, while looking through a mysterious cabinet of curiosities, Maxwell finds himself erased from his life: it’s as if he’s never been born.
At first, being able to walk around without being yelled at is great, but Maxwell starts to miss his old life. And, if he’d never existed, then he wouldn’t have swooped Monster out of the path of that car…
2019 Award Winner
The Explorer – Katherine Rundell
From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him.
As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small.