Winner of North Herts Book Prize 2015
Shortlisted: Wirral Paperback of the Year, The Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year, Harrow Junior Book. Highgate Wood Prize. Longlisted: The Oxfordshire Book of the Year, St Helens Book Prize
Swan Boy by Nikki Sheehan (Oneworld) is a tender tale of friendship, loss and fitting in – or not. The magical realism elements won’t appeal to everyone but the main character, Johnny, and his younger brother Mojo, will tug at all heartstrings. Life’s not easy for Johnny: his dad’s died, there’s a move to a new part of town and a new school, while his five-year-old brother is dealing with his grief in an unusual way. And then Johnny gets on the wrong side of the school bully. Will being cast as the lead in the school production of Swan Lake – taking part in which is deemed a marginally better fate than litter picking – save or sink him?