After the Snow
Written by S. D. Crockett
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Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2013
A bone-freezingly brilliant and gripping novel introducing an astounding, prizeworthy new voice in YA fiction.
Macmillan Children's Books Fiction Editor Emma Young said: "Everyone here at Macmillan Children's Books felt that Willo's extraordinary and endlessly affecting voice transported this gripping adventure firmly into prize-winning territory. Naive, bright, immensely entertaining—he is a character to treasure and to remember.. The winter of 2009 was extremely hard. I asked myself: what would happen if winter never ended?"
The Brandford Boase Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children.
The seven shortlisted titles are:
After the Snow by SD Crockett
The Things We Did for Love by Natasha Farrant
Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan
A Hen in the Wardrobe by Wendy Meddour
Black Arts by Andrew Prentice & Jonathan Weil
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton
A World Between Us by Lydia Syson
The Winner will be announced on Thusday 11th July.
After the Snow by S. D. Crockett
"I'm gonna sit here in my place on the hill behind the house. Waiting. And watching. Ain't nothing moving down there. The valley look pretty bare in the snow. Just the house grey and lonely down by the river all frozen. I got to think what I'm gonna do now that everyone gone. But I got my dog head on. The dog gonna tell me what to do. The dog gonna help me. The house look proper empty - don't it dog? You just sit quiet in these rocks Willo."
Set in the haunting and barren landscape of a new ice age, After the Snow is the story of fifteen-year-old Willo, a 'straggler' kid who loses his family in the opening pages. Completely alone, he is immediately flung into an icy journey of survival, adventure, friendship and self-discovery - with only the dog spirit inside his head to guide him. Meanwhile, across Britain, outlawed followers of survivalist John Blovyn are planning an escape to the fabled Islands talked of in a revolutionary book...
About the Author
S. D. Crockett
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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
3rd February 2012
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