Young Quills 2018: shortlist and reviews

Published 10th May 2018

This year a total of 37 books were submitted for review by our young readers at 24 schools, who between them submitted a magnificent total of over 400 reviews. Their views were taken into account by the shortlisting panel (though some adult judgement about historical content also influenced the final selection). Of the 37 books submitted, 21 have made it through to the shortlist.

Click on any book title below to to read what our young reviewers thought of each book. There’s a wonderful range of opinions and it’s clear that some of these young reviewers went to a great deal of effort in setting out what they liked and disliked about the books. For reasons of confidentiality and safeguarding, we have only given the first name of the reviewing child or young person.

Shortlisted for early readers (5-6 years)

Title

Author

Publisher

Meg and the Romans

Jan Pienkowski & David Walser

Penguin

Shortlisted for 7-9 years old

Title

Author

Publisher

A Song for Will: The Lost Gardeners of Heligan

Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey

Strauss House

Anglo Saxon Boy

Tony Bradman

Walker

Attack of the Vikings

Tony Bradman

Bloomsbury

Jack Fortune and the Search for the hidden valley

Sue Purkiss

Alma Books

Mark of the Cyclops

Saviour Pirotta

Bloomsbury

Revolt against the Romans

Tony Bradman

Bloomsbury

Secret of the Stones

Tony Bradman

Stoke Barrington

Shortlisted for 9-13 years old

Title

Author

Publisher

Conkers and Grenades

Hilary Lee-Corbin

Troubador Publishing Ltd

Letters from the Lighthouse

Emma Carroll

Faber & Faber

Lucky Button

Michael Morpurgo

Walker

My Name is Victoria

Lucy Worsley

Bloomsbury

School for Skylarks

Sam Angus

Macmillan

The Island at the End of Everything

Kiran Millwood

Chicken House

Until We Win

Linda Newbery

Barrington Stoke

Wave me Goodbye

Jacqueline Wilson

Doubleday: Penguin

Shortlisted for Young Adults (14+)

Title

Author

Publisher

Beyond the Wall

Tanya Landman

Walker

Wolf Children

Paul Dowswell

Bloomsbury

The Rasputin Dagger

Theresa Breslin

Penguin Randomhouse

The Red Ribbon

Lucy Adlington

Hot Key Books

The Dollmaker of Krakow

R.M.Romero

Walker

Other books reviewed - Primary

A Tail of Camelot (The Mice of the Round Table 1)

Julia Leung

Piccadilly Press 

Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians

Gary Northfield

Walker

Romans on the Rampage: Chariot Champions

Jeremy Strong

Puffin

Tilly and the Time Machine

Adrian Edmondson

Puffin

Winston and the Marmalade Cat

Megan Rix

Puffin

Other books reviewed - Secondary

A Skinful of Shadows

Frances Hardinge

Macmillan

After the Fire

Will Hill

Usborne

Alex and Eliza

Melissa de la Cruz

Macmillan

Beyond the Bright Sea

Lauren Wolk

Corgi

Margot & Me

Juno Dawson

Hot Key Books

Mark of the Plague

Kevin Sands

Puffin

Passing for White

Tanya Landman

Barrington Stoke

The Dark Days Pact

Alison Goodman

Walker

The Elephant Thief

Jane Kerr

Chicken House

The Pearl Thief

Elizabeth Wein

Bloomsbury

Where the World Ends

Geraldine McCaughrean

Usborne

Thanks to the young reviewers

We would like to thank the pupils and staff at all the schools who sent in reviews this year, and without whom Young Quills 2018 could not have happened:

Alwoodley Primary School, Applegarth Primary School, Birkdale High School, Blockley School, Bolton School (Girls’ division), Broadstone Hall, Christ Church Primary School, Claydon High School, Concord College, Four Dwellings Academy, Hawthorns, Houghton Primary School, Howe Dell Primary School, Kidgate Primary Academy, Millthorpe School, Norwich School, Piper’s Corner School, RGS Worcester, Scalby School, The Village School, Upton Hall School, Valley Gardens Middle School, Waldegrave School, West Ashtead Primary School.