I was absolutely delighted that The White Phoenix was shortlisted for the Historical Association’s Young Quills Award 2021 in the 10-13 years category. The award recognises the best in historical fiction writing for children. It was a privilege to be shortlisted alongside authors such as Tom Palmer and Paul Dowswell whom I greatly admire.
The distinctive feature of this award is that the first round is judged by children themselves. You can read some of their reviews by clicking here.
In announcing the results, the judges made a special mention of The White Phoenix which they were “keen to recommend as a strong book that would enhance learning in school”.