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So Scatterheart was longlisted (but not shortlisted) for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Which I think is not a bad effort considering it won’t even be published in the UK until early next year.

The lovely people at Waterstones had some excellent feedback about the book:

I loved this book!! I loved the convict/Australian story was superb and really enjoyed the fantasy tale running all the way through it. I thought the characters were complex, no two-dimmensional disney baddies with twirly moustaches here!

I enjoyed this book so much, that as soon as I had finished I wanted to share it with someone else, but also went straight on-line to see if it was available to buy from anywhere now. Want my own copy!!

Loved it! I thought the way that the tale of Scatterheart ran alongside the main story was great, the parallels were not too obvious but it did give the story a nice ‘fairy-tale’ feel. Great characters, great story – definately one for the shortlist!

A gritty (Celia Reesish ?) teen novel that somehow manages to be both intensely real, moving and compelling – but also manages to be this year’s North Child. Or should that be South Child?

Sheer ‘Quality’.

I loved this book, it really captured me.

With marvellous characters to love and hate and a capturing tale, this book will take you on a heartfelt journey.

Of what i have read so far to do with the prize this is my fave. adventure, love and characters you can’t help but like.

I’ll join in the praise! I thought it was a compelling read – especially on board the ship. I thought the characters were really well drawn and was terrified but fascinated by the way Hannah’s life completely changed in a heartbeat. For me, ‘Scatterheart’ will be hard to beat!

Love, love, loved it! A real journey in physical and emotional terms. I think the ending was spot on, I won’t ruin it, but hopeful without being unrealistic. Definitely for fans of Celia Rees’ wonderful Witch Child.

I really enjoyed this book. The mixture of fairy tale and gritty history worked so well. I was enchanted by Hannah’s journey all the way through (and polar bears are my favourite animal!) Definitely one for the shortlist.

This was a quality bit of storytelling and if anything is going to give ‘Hunger Games’ a run for its money – it’s this. Proper period writing [literally], infectious characters [literally]…stop me someone please! Hey i just really enjoyed this and this has been another story set on a boat that’s been great.

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