Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s debut novel The Girl of Ink & Stars, has been named the overall winner of the Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize 2017.
The novel, which we adored by the way, tells the story of Isabella, the daughter of a cartographer, who lives on a remote island but dreams of using the ancient maps in her father’s workshop to explore the island and all it’s secrets.
Of course The Girl of Ink & Stars, and it’s author Kiran – who you can read all about here – is no stranger to awards ceremonies, in fact in it’s short year of ‘life’ the novel has also been shortlisted for Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards; the Jhalak Prize for the Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour, and has been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and longlisted for the Branford Boase Award – quite the achievement!
Kiran says: “Reading and writing are two of the greatest pleasures in my life, and Waterstones have been a huge part of supporting both. To be included in such an incredible shortlist is an honour, and to have won is startling and wonderful. Anyone who works in the industry knows it takes a small army to make a book, and I’m grateful to have had an amazing team behind and alongside me, and occasionally ahead too, pulling me on!”
Hear, hear! Kiran! Now all we have to do is look forward to Kiran’s follow-up, The Island at the End of Everything, out very soon!