The Awesome Book Awards is a prize that honours the best new fiction authors for young readers aged between 7 and 10. It is an annual competition run by Cranleigh Schools. To be eligible for the 2021 award, titles had to be a UK-based author’s debut novel, suitable for able readers in the listed age group, appealing to both boys and girls, and available in paperback from May 2019. Thousands of pupils from schools across the South East read the whole shortlist and will then vote for their favourite overall.
Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous Malamander creep... Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is not easy - especially when the lost thing is not a thing at all, but a girl. No one knows what happened to Violet Parma's parents twelve years ago, and when she engages Herbie to help her find them, the pair discover that their disappearance might have something to do with the legendary sea-monster, the Malamander. Eerie-on-Sea has always been a mysteriously chilling place, where strange stories seem to wash up. And it just got stranger...
- Browns Books Synopsis
The idea of The Awesome Book Awards came about in 2015 whilst discussing ways to inspire reading amongst Prep School aged children. Throughout this year, a team of fabulously creative and supportive colleagues from Cranleigh School and Cranleigh Prep School worked on the concept and the Awesome Book Awards was born.
The Awesome Book Awards is also about celebrating young readers. The wonder of watching a child absorbed in a book is a very heart-warming sight. Children who develop an early joy of reading will have the opportunity to travel to imaginary lands, experience imaginary adventures and share a whole host of imaginary friends.