Mark Lowery

2018 Moving On Shortlist

So here it is...

the NSTBA 2018 Moving On shortlist.


Running on Empty      S E Durrant

Nosy Crow      ISBN: 978-0857637406

You can read the long list review here.


Charlie and Me   Mark Lowery

Piccadilly   ISBN:  978-1848126220

You can read the long list review here.


The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole  Michelle Cuevas

Simon and Schuster      ISBN: 978-1471170188

You can read the long list review here.


Ella on the Outside     Cath Howe

Nosy Crow   ISBN: 978-1788000338

You can read the long list review here.

Congratulations to all! The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 10th November. 


All 80 titles for the six categories of our long list have now been reviewed! Each and every one a fantastic book, highly recommended by JAB and the NSTAB team.

The short list will be announced on the 8th September. Votes from the panel are already coming in so here's a little reminder of the twelve fabulous books on the Moving On Category Long List.


The Polar Bear Explorers' Club- Alex Bell (Faber and Faber)


Twister- Juliette Forrest (Scholastic)


The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole- Michelle Cuevas     (Simon and Schuster) 


Ella on the Outside- Cath Howe (Nosy Crow)

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Tin - Padraig Kenny (Chicken House)

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Running on Empty- S E Durrant (Nosy Crow)


The Children of Castle Rock- Natasha Farrant (Faber and Faber)


 Kick- Mitch Johnson (Usborne)


The Eye of the North- Sinead O'Hart (Stripes)


Charlie and Me – Mark Lowery (Piccadilly)


How to Bee- Bren MacDibble (Old Barn Books)

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Herstory  Katherine Halligan  (Nosy Crow)

Which four of these fabulous books will make it to the short list?

LONG LIST REVIEW: Charlie and Me


Martin and his younger brother, Charlie, are on a real adventure. They are determined to make it to St Bernard's in Cornwall where they had had a memorable holiday, seeing dolphins leaping in the sea. They have very little money and despite Martin's best efforts, very little idea about where they are going!

Things keep going wrong for the boys. largely due to the eccentric nature of Charlie who is impulsive and quirky. Seriously ill when very little, he has a very individual outlook on life and Martin has a hard time keeping track of him. The story follows their journey with all its ups and downs, the challenges they face and the people they meet until it reaches its unexpected and moving conclusion.

Beautifully told, this is a heartwarming, gently humorous story. focusing on the warm, loving relationship between two very different siblings. The narrative is interspersed with poems written by Martin which hint at things left unsaid until the end of the story and deepen the reader's understanding of Martin's feelings. The story offers so much to discuss and explore with groups and individuals. Both Charlie and Martin are beautifully created characters, both complex, both endearing, each one unique and special.

This is a very special story about love and loss, which encourages empathy and explores the importance of sharing feelings as a family. I can't recommend it highly enough- but you will need tissues!

Charlie and Me   Mark Lowery

Piccadilly   ISBN:  978-1848126220

You can read another review of 'Charlie and Me' here.