NSTBA Past Winners- Moving On Category


Today, we’re looking back at the winners of our Moving On Category. After our first awards in 2015, we felt there was a need for a section specifically for children at the top end of Primary school, who want a more challenging read. It’s a real joy to find the right book which will help children to continue with their reading.

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Nicky Singer was our first winner in this category with her very special book, ‘Island’, illustrated by Chris Riddell. We were delighted that Nicky could join us for the ceremony; she was fascinating to talk to and a pleasure to meet. You can read our review here.

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In 2017, Ally Sherrick’s novel ‘Black Powder’ was our winner. Set at the time of the Gunpowder Plot, this is an exciting historical novel with much to recommend it. Ally came to the awards ceremony and was a pleasure to meet. You can read our review here.


Last year’s winner was ‘Ella on the Outside’, a wonderful story about friendship, loyalty and wanting to belong. Cath joined us for the awards and it was lovely to meet her. You can read our review here.

Brilliant books one and all! Each of these books has been widely used in our schools and each has ideas for a book event and /or teaching notes to go with them which are available to our members. Our search for this years treasures is going well so it’s looking good for this year’s list!

This year’s long list will be announced on Saturday 13th July 2019 and the short list on Saturday 7th September 2019.

JAB- favourite books of 2016! (part 3)

Today's choices come from JAB members whose favourite books of the year were chosen for the NSTBA 2016- so none of us will argue with these!


My favourite book, 'Island' by Nicky Singer has a fantastic review on the website in the Moving On Category (see here). In fact, it was the winner this year and I couldn’t have been more delighted.

 It’s a book full of fabulous language, told with a lyrical voice that begs to be read as an audio book. I sincerely hope that this happens as the Inuit words sound wonderful (I managed to listen to a few online) but not quite so good when I tried to read them aloud myself!

An understated, quiet book with an important message but one that is not forced on the reader but allowed to develop through the wonderful characters and setting. A book that I will give as a present time and time again with the hope that all who receive it enjoy and treasure it as much as I do.

It’s almost inconceivable to think that this book wouldn’t have been published without crowd-funding and the support of many who are rightly credited at the end of the book in the 'Director’s Cut'. Not only is it an amazing story but the illustrations marry with the text beautifully thanks to the superb artistry of Chris Riddell.

It’s not too late to buy a copy and give as a Christmas gift or keep yourself- go on, you know you want to! It may leave you feeling ‘Nuannapoq’-it did me.

Chris: (a man of few words!)

Knights of the Borrowed Dark was my favourite and not just because of the car!  It was a  page-turner, rip-roaring adventure! (For review, see here)