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We are over the moon that WW2 adventure MG novel Flight by Vanessa Harbour and edited by Janet Thomas has been longlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase Award 2019 and shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Awards 2019.

The Branford Boase Award was set up to reward the most promising new children's writers and their editors, as well as to reward excellence in writing and in publishing. The Award is made annually to the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards by a first time children's novelist. The short list will be published on the 1st of May, 2019. The winner will be announced on 3rd July at a ceremony in London. 

If Jakob sneezed, he could die.

Austria 1945. After losing his family, Jakob shelters with Herr Engel in a rural stable, where they hide the precious Lipizzanner stallions they know Hitler wants to steal. When a German officer comes looking for Jakob and finds the horses, Jakob and his guardian know they must get the stallions to safety, but the only way is straight through Nazi territory.
 
Joined by Kizzy, an orphan Roma girl, the three must guide the horses across the perilous Austrian mountains. Will they reach safety? What will be waiting for them on the other side?
 
Praise for Flight:
 
New Statesman's Best Children’s Books of Summer 2018
 
South Wales Evening Post Children's Book of the Week
 
‘You know from the first page that you are in the hands of a great storyteller’ James Nicol
 
‘A powerful, page-turning, unforgettable adventure... I loved it!’ Cathy Cassidy
 
‘the perfect ingredients of horses, an exciting and engaging plot, believable characters and that little sprinkle of magic writing which I know will make it a huge success.’ Lucy Coats
 
‘This is enchanting storytelling with character at the heart, in a historic setting, with timeless values, and very much reminiscent of the classic assuredness of Morpurgo.’ Vashti Hardy
 
‘An exciting addition to the war story canon.’ Charlotte Eyre, The Bookseller
 
'I absolutely love this book! It's a stunningly good adventure story with all the big heart, sharp style and fast pace of a classic children's novel.' Amanda Craig