Young Quills Award 2012/13 Secondary List

Young Quills

Last updated: 18th July 2019

‘Young Quills' Award for Historical Fiction is in two categories - Primary and Secondary. It is the only book award as far as we know where children help produce the shortlist.

Criteria for inclusion in the award are:

  • Books must be first published in 2012
  • They must fall firmly into historical fiction
  • A good read is important
  • A sense of history is more important than precise factual information

The Secondary list this year is:




Collins, B.R.

The Broken Road


Dowswell, Paul

Eleven Eleven


Farrant, Natasha

The Things we did for Love

Faber & Faber

Gleitzman, Morris



Hoffman, Mary

Stravaganza, City of Swords


LaFevers, Robin

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, Book 1)

Andersen Press

Lake, Nick

In Darkness


Murray, Kirsty

India Dark


O'Brien, Johnny

Day of Rebellion (Jack Christie Adventures)


Perry, Anne

Rose Between Two Thorns

Barrington Stoke

Wilson, Jacqueline

Emerald Star

Random House

Simpson, Craig

Special Operations- Dead or Alive

Random House

Breslin, Teresa

Spy for the Queen of Scots

Random House

Swindells, Robert

A Skull in Shadows Lane

Random House

Gantos, Jack

Dead End in Norvelt

Random House

Hendry, Diana

The Seeing

Random House


Students have been busy up and down the country, and at an International School in Spain, reading and reviewing the books. These are just some of the reviews we have received. The winners will be announced in June.