I was delighted to discover that 15 Days Without a Head is one of the books chosen by the young people of St Helens for the longlist of BASH 2013 (Book Awards St Helens).
Patrick Ness was last year's winner with A Monster Calls and the 2013 longlist contains a stack of impressive titles and authors, including Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, which has to be one of my favourite books of the year – I'm honoured to find myself in such esteemed company!
Between now and the award ceremony in March, workshops will take place during the Autumn to decide the shortlist and then continue in the Spring term to pick a winner.
Here's the longlist in full:
The Traitors by Tom Becker (Scholastic)
Kill All Enemies by Melvin Burgess (Puffin)
15 Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins (Oxford)
Hollow Pike by James Dawson (Indigo/Orion)
Sektion 20 by Paul … (Bloomsbury)
The Things We Did For Love by Natasha Farrant (Faber)
Poison Heart by SB Hayes (Quercus)
Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan (Walker)
Bullet Boys by Ally Kennen (Marion Lloyd Books)
In Darkness by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury)
Burn Mark by Laura Powell (Bloomsbury)
Mister Creecher by Chris Priestly (Bloomsbury)
Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid (Puffin)
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (Indigo/Orion)
The Flask by Nicky Singer (Harper Collins)
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Electric Monkey/Egmont)
It looks like my 'books to read pile' is about to get longer …