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Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is an incredibly thought-provoking, lyrically written debut, which astounded me time after time with each new page. Sharon has cleverly intertwined two strands to the novel, past and present, into what I can best describe as unputdownable and original. The characters are superbly drawn and although it might not have the happiest ending it was despite that, richly satisfying.
From Barry Cunningham, the Publisher:
Sharon Dogar's terrific first novel is taut, neurotic, edge -of-consciousness stuff. And it is not only me who thinks so - you can trake Philip Pullman's word for it too. Somewhere between Wuthering Heights and Lovely Bones, it's almost a crime mystery, and certainly a love story. It's about life and death - literally.
Comments from the judges of this year's Branford Boase, Best Debut Novel of
the Year Award:
Nikki Gamble: “This year a large number of books were submitted for the awards and the judges noted an increase in established adult writers producing first novels for children. These trends reflect the increased profile of children's books in the press and media as well as the commercial success. The books selected for the shortlist are marked by their distinctive voices and authentic feeling for child or teenage readers. They are accessible but explore profound themes in the context of a story well told”.
Linda Buckley-Archer: “With its aim of recognising the author of the best debut novel for children and its editor(s), The Branford Boase Award continues to highlight and promote the next generation of children’s fiction writers. The 2008 shortlist represents some fascinating new voices across a variety of genres which are sure to excite and challenge readers. The judges noted a tendency on this year’s longlist away from fantasy and towards history and social realism.”
Trish Beswick: “We were delighted to find a spread of intelligent fiction submitted, eliciting spirited discussion amid the good humour and agreements. One-size-fits-all cannot and does not belong in the world of writing for children, and the complacent and bland were quickly cast aside. My thanks to the other judges for a booky, sparky afternoon!”
Ian Dodds: "The nominations for the 2008 Branford Boase Award yet again demonstrate the full range of new writing talent for children and young people. All the writers on this year's shortlist have distinct voices and all are adept at creating stories that will grip, excite and challenge young readers. Good writing for young people is vitally important and this shortlist proves that."
For fifteen-year-old Hal Ditton and his family, summer has always meant six glorious weeks by the sea. But this year is different - Charley, Hal's sister, is lying in a coma. When the troubled family makes the difficult decision to return to their holiday home without her, Hal finds it harder than anyone to shake off his elder sister's presence. In fact, Hal's mind is crowded with thoughts of Charley, and the events that led to her accident on the beach last summer - thoughts which, he comes to realise, are not entirely his own.
… a remarkable novel … both sensuous and sinister.
Sharon Dogar is a writer to watch.
… a compelling story that mixes tense, erotic descriptions of first love and first sex with overtones of the supernatural thriller.
STEPHANIE MERRITT, OBSERVER
|Publication date:||5th May 2008|
|Publisher:||Chicken House Ltd|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4|
Sharon Dogar was our Guest Editor in May 2011. Her book selection can be found here. Sharon Dogar’s first novel, Waves, is a poignant coming-of-age story about a family dealing with the accident of their daughter. It took a while for Sharon to get started, "but then I had ‘the moment,' " she explains. "That moment when a character just arrives in your mind and begs to be written - whether you want to do it or not. I remember it was lunchtime. I walked into the sitting room and had a thought: I was by ...More About Sharon Dogar