The TSBA 2019 shortlist has been chosen by the Award’s committee of school librarians, following nominations from the schools which took part last year, and what a great list it is! All chosen around the theme of Secrets and Lies, the books range from historical fiction (Ausländer, The Lie Tree and Witchborn), to the modern day (The Boy Who Lied, I Am Thunder) and fantasy (Ink). In all of these books you will find someone who is forced to live a lie, and has to confront it before they can live fully.
We also have a great mix of authors this year, from debut novelists Muhammad Khan and Alice Broadway to the award-winning Paul Dowswell and Frances Hardinge. As always, all of these authors will be invited to the final Ceremony next March, and it will be exciting to see how many of them we will get to meet!
The Trinity Plus list, which are the books we recommend on the same theme for extension and/or for older readers, is also very diverse. Featured authors include Will Hill, whose After the Fire was shortlisted for a Carnegie Medal and won the YA Book Prize 2018 and Tom Pollock who has appeared on Trinity Plus before, as well as six thrilling titles by other accomplished authors.
We hope you enjoy reading this selection of books as much as we did!
Due to an unprecedented amount of snow, with the world outside looking like Narnia, we have reluctantly decided to cancel today’s TSBA Ceremony. With very many thanks to Tony Jones of Emanuel for putting such hard work into the Ceremony and doing everything possible to keep the event alive until the very last minute. The winner will be announced on the blog at 4 today, and the student winners at 4.30. In the meantime, enjoy the past years by looking at this wonderful video Tony and his students made.
Marcus Sedgwick is the author of our shortlisted book ‘She is not invisible’. He is a prolific author with his books being shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie medal no less than six times. She is not Invisible has won four other awards so far, and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Book Award. In order to write She is not Invisible Marcus worked closely with students and their librarian in a school for visually impaired students, so that he could understand more closely what it was like to be his heroine, and the students checked his novel for facts before publishing.His latest, just published book Saint Death is a searingly honest story about life in South America, most particularly about the grinding poverty a rich lifestyle imposes on the poor. We hope you enjoy She is not Invisible, and go on to read Marcus’s other books.
Welcome to the third year of the Trinity Schools Book Award. This year, our theme is Sense-sational – exploring the five senses in fiction. A slight change to the format, based on feedback is that this year we shall have only one main list of books, with a supplementary further reading list called Trinity Plus. Creative responses can be made on any book on any list, and reviews can also be written on all books. Please do respond to the books on the website as well. The only restriction is the the winner will be chosen from the main list, although all of the books will enhance your experience of all of the senses. Enjoy reading the books!