Waterstones Children's Book Prize for Older Readers

The aim of the prize is to reward and champion new and emerging children’s writers, voted for by booksellers. For the 2023 prize, books must be new during 2022. There are three categories: Illustrated Books, Books for Younger Readers and Books for Older Readers.


The cats we meet along the way

Mikail, Nadia ISBN: 9781913101596

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Seventeen-year-old Aisha hasn't seen her sister June for two years. And now that a calamity is about to end the world in nine months' time, she and her mother decide that it's time to track her down and mend the hurts of the past. Along with Aisha's boyfriend, Walter and his parents (and Fleabag the stray cat), the group take a roadtrip through Malaysia in a wildly decorated campervan - to put the past to rest, to come to terms with the present, and to hope for the future. An original and emotional book about love and hope.

- Browns Books Synopsis

No more than one previously published title of any fiction genre worldwide (educational titles are exempt). The title must make sense as a standalone novel. If the title is illustrated, and the illustrator matches submission criteria for Illustrated Books, then the illustrator will be considered eligible for this category. Narrative non-fiction is also eligible for submission.