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  • Young Quills winners 2020

    8th July 2021

    6-9 years category: The Closest Thing to FlyingBy Gill Lewis, Oxford University Press 10-13 years category: Our Castle by the SeaBy Lucy Strange, Chicken House 14 years + category: The Stolen OnesBy Vanessa Curtis, Usborne Publishing  Highly commended: 6-9 years category: Winter of the Wolves By Tony Bradman, Bloomsbury 10-13...

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  • Young Quills reviews 2020

    Multipage Article

    The Young Quills Awards for Historical Fiction are annual awards that recognize the best in historical fiction for young people. The way the HA organises the awards is that publishers nominate their new historical fiction books from the previous year, copies of those books are sent to schools, and the reviews of...

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  • Young Quills 2020 – the shortlist

    5th January 2021

    Yes, you did read that right, 2020! No, we don’t want to take you back there – it's just that because it was a strange year many last-minute changes and adaptions had to be made. One of those changes was often the timings of things so that we could still make them...

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  • Young Quills Awards 2019 – the winners

    16th July 2019

    Announcing this year’s winners of the HA's Young Quills Historical Fiction Competition for children and young adults: 6–10 years category: Janina Ramirez for Riddle of the Runes (Oxford University Press) 11–13 years category: Pippa Goodhart for The Great Sea Dragon Discovery (Catnip Publishers) 14 years and above category: Elizabeth Wein...

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  • Young Quills 2019 shortlist

    10th May 2019

    Books, books, books – we’ve been surrounded by books in the HA office and what is more, we’ve been relying on other people to tell us about them. Yes, it’s been Young Quills reviewing time. From the start of this year pupils and students around the country have been delving...

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  • Young Quills reviews 2019

    Multipage Article

    The HA's Young Quills Historical Fiction competition is held annually, both to recognise good historical fiction writing and to encourage youngsters to develop a love of history and a feel for the period they are studying. The Young Quills is unique in that it is the readers – young people – who decide the...

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  • Young Quills Awards 2018 – Winners and Reviews

    Multipage Article

    There were three categories this year, with the children supplying the shortlist once more. The winners for 2018 are: Ages 7 to 9 years: Anglo Saxon Boy, by Tony Bradman (Walker Books) Ages 10 to 13 years: The Island at the End of Everything, by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Chicken House) Ages 14...

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  • Young Quills Awards 2017 – Winners and Reviews

    Multipage Article

    The Young Quills awards for historical fiction are presented each year by the Historical Association. They recognise the best historical fiction for youth and young readers released in the previous year. The Historical Association is pleased to announce that the 2017 winners of the Young Quills for Historical Fiction are:...

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  • Young Quills 2017 - Longlist Secondary

    Information

    Answer: The Historical Association’s The Young Quills selection The Young Quills are awards for the best new historical fiction for children and young people. The emphasis is on new – each year lots of books are published for children, many of them covering historical themes. However, are they any good...

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  • Young Quills Awards 2016 – Winners and Reviews

    Multipage Article

    The Young Quills awards are presented annually by the HA for best historical fiction for young and youth readers released in the previous year. The final decision of the winners is selected by an adult judging panel who are interested in the historical accuracy and presentation as well as by the...

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  • Young Quills Awards 2015

    Multipage Article

    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. The competition is for books that tell a story with a strong and accurate historical setting. There are two categories divided according...

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  • Young Quills 2014 - Secondary Shortlist

    Article

    Thank you to all of you who applied to take part in this year's Young Quills Awards. We had far more schools apply than we could accommodate, so some of you are bound to be disappointed. The books have been sent out to participating schools this week, and should be...

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  • Young Quills Awards 2014

    Multipage Article

    Read all the reviews of this year's books via the links at the bottom of this page. ‘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. The competition has two categories -...

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  • Young Quills Awards 2012/13

    Multipage Article

    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. It is the only book award as far as we know where children help produce the shortlist. See all the young readers'...

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  • Young Quills 2011

    Multipage Article

    The Young Quills is a major award for children's historical fiction started by the Historical Association in 2009. The award aims to promote an enjoyment and awareness of history. We are convinced that reading historical fiction is one of the best ways to do this. To be eligible for the...

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  • Young Quills Awards 2010 Reviews

    Article

    Reviews attached below The Historical Association announces the shortlist for the 2010 Young Quills Award. This  prize has two separate categories; Primary and  Secondary, although some books obviously fit into both categories. Books are selected for the shortlist by children reviewers in each category. In order to qualify for the...

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