|Me and my publisher David Fickling|
at the Waterstone's Prize night
So you can imagine I felt quite proud and emotional when the Leeds Book Prize handed me this lovely crystal to mark my short-listing in the 11 to 14 category.
|The crystal had Leeds Book Award etched on it. And no, I have no intention of selling it on eBay! Photo by Mia Gourlay|
|David Gatward's The Dead won the vote in my category! Congrats, David!|
|My SCBWI pal, Jon Mayhew, won in the 9-11 category with Mortlock. My other SCBWI pal, Lee Weatherly (who unfortunately was away on a book tour), won for the 14-16 category with Angel. Congratulations, all! Their glory runneth over in my direction.|
You can view the complete shortlists for the prize on the Leeds Book Prize's excellent website.
I arrived too late to watch the 9-11 Category but was glad to finally meet Elen Caldecott (How Ali Ferguson Saved Houdini) over lunch - I'd chatted to Elen on cyberspace but never actually met her in realspace!
|Elen shows off her souvenir from the Leeds Prize|
|Chris Priestly's Facebook Profile Pic|
... and then there were all the other lovely authors ...
The Leed Book Awards assigned us our own minders - mine was librarian Lyn Bambury ...
|Lyn made me feel like a celebrity! Photo by John Mayhew|
|Me and the uber cool kids of Allerton School|
|Organizer Debbie Moody briefs the authors on how the awards will proceed (Notice the incredible arched ceilings of the Leeds Civic Centre - an impressive piece of architecture)|
|We got to sit up front: (left to right) Paul Magrs (Diary of a Dr Who Addict), William Hussey (Dawn of the Demontide), Helen, Laura, Chris, David and Teresa (who is an illustrator too!).|
|Show of hands: who read ALL the shortlisted books?|
|David wins the 11-14 category and attacks the lad who is meant to hand the trophy to him.|
|"Mine! All mine! (maniacal laughter)"|
I loved the audience's enthusiasm! Who says reading is dead?
Then David's maniacal laughter sparked a maniacal laughing competition amongst the teachers.
|Students volunteering their teachers for the maniacal laughing competition|
|Host Paul Sleem coaxes teachers to join in ...|
|Here's William (of Demontide fame) talking about how he did a little dance when he found out he was short-listed ...|
|And here's William doing the dance!|
|Paul congratulates the hard-working organizers of this magnificent prize event|
And one more thing ... I thought Leeds was rather impressive especially in the May sunshine. Here are some photos I took on my way to the event from the train station!