S E Durrant

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: Running on Empty

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There are two things about AJ which make him different to others. The first is his ability to run- he was born to run; the other is that his parents have learning difficulties. This has never been an issue as Grandad has always been around to guide the family and help them cope with things like paying bills. On a day to day basis, AJ doesn't think he looks after his parents: It’s no big deal for me. Really it isn’t. I don’t look after them. We look after each other.

However, things start to unravel for AJ when his much loved grandfather dies. Reeling from the loss of this stable and loving figure, AJ has to to cope with the move from primary to secondary, taking responsibility for dealing with bills (including the red bills) and navigating the demands of his new school. His greatest worry is what will happen to his parents without him should people realise his grandfather is dead and he be taken into care.

'Running on Empty' is a deeply moving story of one young carer's struggle to keep his family together. The reader watches while AJ thinks he is coping, yet has sudden irrational outbursts. The way he keeps his troubles hidden means he is often misjudged, leading to misunderstandings. The story cleverly shows how some children can get lost in the system as the stories known to teachers at Primary are not necessarily understood by those at secondary, particularly when the child is trying desperately to hide things. 

However, the story is also one full of love- and about the importance of following your dreams. It is beautifully written and thought provoking. A really special book.

Running on Empty      S E Durrant

Nosy Crow      ISBN: 978-0857637406


You can read another review of this here.