So chuffed to get an email in my inbox this morning saying ‘I Predict a Riot has been longlisted for The Amazing Book Awards. Partly, of course, cos it’s a Sussex Awards and Sussex holds a very special place in my heart. Happiest days of my childhood were spent flying kites on the Devil’s Dyke up on the South Downs, rockpooling at Rottingdean, playing in the woods in Patcham and finding pebbles on Brighton Beach. So this one’s a bit close to my heart.
But the ABAs are also really special because they’re all nominated by kids in schools, which always makes it particularly lovely to be on the shortlist. Every year from a long-list of selected books the schools choose their favourite 5 titles because student voice is the most important part of the ABAs. When it comes to voting there is no panel vote or veto. Only the students can decide who their bronze, silver and gold winners will be.
As an author-teacher (or am I a teacher-author? Actually it really depends on what day of the week you ask me. And let’s not even get into the fact that I’m also two authors at once – check out www.cateshearwater.com if you don’t already know about my not-so-secret alter-ego identity!) Anyway, suffice to say I teach English some days and I write on others, so it makes me particularly excited to see students being given a voice, empowered to talk about and rant about and moan and rave about books. It just makes me feel a bit warm and fuzzy. I won’t go on about this (cos I really could) but let’s just say that it’s not a coincidence that it’s an English teacher and a book that makes all the difference for one of my most beloved characters in ‘I Predict a Riot’ – because I think that the books you love when you’re a teen do shape who you are, open your eyes, expand your horizons, enrich your life, enlarge your sympathies, challenge your preconceptions, rock your world – leave a fossil print on your soul.
So, I love and award that gets students reading and I am unutterably chuffed to have been longlisted for this one! Thank you @SussexABA!
I’m thrilled that I Predict a Riot has been shortlisted for The Essex Book Awards 2015. The awards are open to all secondary schools in Essex, Southend and Thurrock. Pupils are invited to read six shortlisted books and judge which one they consider to be the best.
The really positive aspect of taking part in this reading challenge is that it’s young people’s votes that really count! There are some amazing blogs where readers are commenting on all the books. I’ve LOVED reading the ones about I Predict a Riot – yes, all the comments – the good, the bad and the ugly! Can’t wait to meet some of you to chat about your comments when I come to Essex next week!
You can find out more or comment on the books here:
I’m also very honoured to be shortlisted for the Wirral Book Awards.
11 schools across the Wirral are taking part in the Award and will attend an author event on Wednesday 18th March and a judging/voting event on Wednesday 24th June, 2015. The winner is voted for purely by participating pupils, not teaching or library staff.
So nice for a North West girl to be nominated for this award! Really hoping I can get a day off teaching to come to the author event and meet you all! Thanks for shortlisting me!
Another exciting award nomination for I Predict a Riot. The Oxfordshire Book Award is special because it is an award voted for entirely by children, who read and nominate their favourite books.
The award has three categories:
Best Book (Secondary School Category)
Best Book (Primary School Category)
Best Picture Book (Primary School Category)
Children throughout Oxfordshire can take part either at participating primary and secondary schools, or through any public library. Find out more at:
I am thrilled to be nominated and can’t wait to find out what you all think of the book!
So chuffed to hear that I Predict a Riot has been shortlisted for the Peter’s Book of the Year 2015. The shortlists have been compiled by a team of librarians. Across the three categories, Picture Books, Junior Fiction and Teen Fiction, the shortlist include the librarians’ favourite children’s and YA publishing of the last 12 months.
They will be announcing a winner from each category in March 2015, but they need your votes! They are encouraging nurseries, schools and libraries to get involved by shadowing the awards over spring term 2015, with the help of teaching resources, posters, bookmarks and certificates available here http://petersbooks.co.uk/pboty/.
So do get involved!
I’ve also been longlisted for the Redbridge Children’s Book Award http://www2.redbridge.gov.uk/cms/leisure_and_libraries/libraries/libraries_more_information/schools_library_service/childrens_book_award/long_list.aspx
Here’s how it works
•Autumn term – schools and libraries sign up to the award
•November – school librarians, library staff and children select 20 children’s titles and 20 teen titles to read published in the current year that aren’t sequels. These are sent to participating schools and library reading groups
•March – groups send in a list of their top 8 children’s and 8 teen books eurovision song contest style and the shortlist is announced
•End of May – Final voting on the shortlist. Winners and runners-up invited to the ceremony
•First Thursday in July – Awards Ceremony.
– See more at: http://www2.redbridge.gov.uk/cms/leisure_and_libraries/libraries/schools_library_service/childrens_book_award.aspx#sthash.rFfoai1m.dpuf
Very exciting and I’m honoured to be on such a great list with some incredible authors!
Participating Children, teachers and librarians can vote for their favourites, either online, or by downloading voting forms from the resources link above. Voting closes on the 20th March, with the winners announced on the 23rd March.
I’m thrilled (and a little frightened) to be appearing at Cheltenham Literature Festival alongside two incredible teen writers, talking riots, terrorism and hate crime. Here’s the blurb and a link in case you are interested: Three outstanding teen fiction writers take a timely look at terrorism, prejudice and how the choices we make shape our lives. Benjamin Zephaniah, a distinctive voice on social and political issues, presents his new novel Terror Kid, Alan Gibbons’ novel Hate explores the ‘crime’ of being different and Catherine Bruton examines the 2011 UK riots in her novel I Predict a Riot.
Here’s me talking about teaching and writing on Day 1 of the ‘I Predict a Riot’ blog tour over on Teen Librarian’s fab site http://teenlibrarian.co.uk/2014/06/16/i-predict-a-riot-blog-tour-why-teaching-makes-me-a-better-writer-by-catherine-bruton/
I love publication day! The sun is shining, copies of I Predict a Riot adorn the shelves of the bookshops of Bath and lots of super lovely reviews are pouring in! Yes, today I have a big smile on my face.
Happy Book Birthday, I Predict a Riot
Five days to I Predict a Riot’s book birthday! Yes, my latest YA novel hits the shelves till this Thursday, 5th June and to mark all the fives, here are five things you might want to know about I Predict a Riot (but never dared to ask!)
1. I Predict a Riot is the hard-hitting, hilarious and heart-breaking tale of three kids from very different backgrounds who set out to make a movie and end up involved in a riot, in a summer that will change their lives forever.
2. Inspired by the 2011 UK riots, the book is based on the stories of many amazing kids I’ve had the privilege to work with over the years: teenage gang members from South London; street kids in South Africa; as well as the children of politicians and pop stars. Their stories, their voices and their characters inspired what I wrote, but also served to remind me of the responsibility I had in writing about this topic.
3. I Predict a Riot was also inspired by a lesson on Lord of the Flies. I was teaching my Year 10s Golding’s novel, shortly after the UK riots. We ended up having a discussion about how kids ended up rioting and that shaped the novel I went on to write.
4. I set to challenge some of the commonly held assumptions about the kids who got caught up in the riots. I wanted to write an explosive book that would make readers cry … break their hearts … make them angry … make them think!
5. My literary influences are – um – a bit mixed! I Predict a Riot is Meg Rosoff meets ‘Made in Chelsea’, ‘The Knife that Killed Me’ meets ‘The Only way is Essex,’ or ‘Oliver Twist’ meets ‘ meets ‘The Outsiders’ meets ‘Top Boy’ meets ‘Youngers’ – with the odd dash of ‘Pigeon English, Dickens and ‘Son of Rambow’ along the way. Oh, and the Smurfs – they feature too!