Young Quills 2015/16

The ‘Young Quills' Award for Historical Fiction recognises the powerful role that fiction can have for introducing, informing and exciting young people about historical events, characters and places. Read more

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  • Beasts of Olympus: Beast Keeper by Lucy Coats

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    1. Ben: This is a very funny book about a boy called Demon who can speak to animals and is  taken to Olympus by his father the god  Pan to look after Zeus’s mythical creatures & clean their stinky stables. All the beasts hate “The so called hero Heracles” because...

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  • Dance of Death by Andy Croft

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    1. Anon: I enjoyed this book, because there was a deadly plague.  The best character in the book was will because he went to London.  I found the event of the book interesting. The book taught me about the (period of history) 1756.  It has made me want to find...

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  • Flo of the Somme by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey

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    1. Abbie: I enjoyed this book, because it’s a child friendly and fun book. The best character in the book was Flo because she saved lives.  I found the event of world war two was a very good book. The book taught me about the that dogs aren’t just for...

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  • Julius Zebra by Gary Northfield

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    1. Amelia: The book Julius Zebra was a joy to read because it was full of historical facts, as it was set in Ancient Rome, and also full of humour. The main character was Julius Zebra, who surprisingly was a real zebra that hated the waterhole in Africa. The story...

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  • Katy Parker and the House that Cried

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    1. Crystal: Brief description: Katy and Patrick fell asleep at Willow Dene and went back in time to 12th April 1942. What I liked: The story was very interesting. Gifts were scattered. When Katy and Patrick came back to the present, it had changed. What I didn’t like: It was...

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  • Longbow Girl by Linda Davies

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    1. Athena: Longbow girl is the story of Merry Owen and her family. They live on a small Welsh pony farm in the shadow of the De Courcey’s  home, the Black Castle. Both the Owens and the De Courceys were sworn enemies, all except Merry Owen and James de Courcey,...

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  • Rampage by Julia Wills

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    1. Connor: The book is hilarious in it’s own way, the author, Julia Wills is very clever as she is using humour mixed in with ancient Greek mythological facts, it references ‘classical literature’ in a way that children would find exciting. Greek literature and culture include famous heroes and crude...

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  • Romans on the Rampage by Jeremy Strong

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    1. Anton: I enjoyed the book because there was lots of action and scientific ideas. I liked the character Perilus because he was funny and very clever. I felt as if I was in the Roman times with all the characters in the book, it was so realistic especially when...

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  • The Apple Spy by Terry Deary and James De La Rue

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    1. Coby: This book is set in Scotland in 1940 during World War II.  The main characters Marie and Michael, are practically saved by the ideas from the fairy tale “Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs”.  The story starts off when both Jamie and Marie get sent home while their...

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  • The Crocodile Tomb (Gods and Warriors Book 4) by Michelle Paver

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    1. Ciaran: This is about two people called Hylas and Pirra, who are dumped ashore in Egypt by their crew because they said foreigners are bad luck. Hylas and Pirra have no food, some water and a dagger (to get food and to defend themselves with). They also have their...

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  • The Runaways by Megan Rix

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    1. Amelie: I really liked this book because it was set in the Lake District and I went there on holiday last year. It was about a mummy elephant and a baby elephant split away from each other. The mummy elephant was called Shanti and the baby elephant is called...

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  • The Yelling Stones by Oskar Jensen

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    1. Dana: The Yelling Stones is about a boy and a girl who are trying to stop two men from turning the Danes into Christians. They are also trying to find out what is killing all of the magical creatures from the old Danish religion. I liked the two main...

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  • Whistling in the dark by Shirley Hughes

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    1. Adam: This book is a story about a girl called Joan, living in North West England and her life during World War II.  It starts when she goes to a cinema with her friend Doreen. There is an air raid and they have to stay there for quite a...

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  • Winners of the Young Quills awards for 2016

    29th June 2016

    The Young Quills awards are for historical fiction produced by adult authors for young readers. The Young Quills awards for historical fiction are presented each year by the Historical Association. They recognise the best historical fiction for young and youth readers released in the previous year. The Historical Association is...

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  • Young Quills 2015 - Primary Entries

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    The Young Quills Historical Fiction competition is held annually, in part to recognise good historical fiction writing, and in part to encourage youngsters to develop a love of history and a feel for the period they are studying. The Young Quills is, we think, unique in that it is the...

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  • Young Quills 2015 - Primary Shortlist

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    The Young Quills Historical Fiction competition is held annually, in part to recognise good historical fiction writing, and in part to encourage youngsters to develop a love of history and a feel for the period they are studying. The Young Quills is, we think, unique in that it is the...

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