2015 Shortlist

The Red House Children's Book Award is the only national book award that is entirely voted for by children. Children across the UK have been reading and reviewing books all year long and the shortlist below is drawn up from the most popular nominations across three categories - Books for Younger Children, Books for Younger Readers and Books for Older Readers

Younger Readers

Baby Aliens Got My Teacher! by Pamela Butchart

Nosy Crow ISBN 9780857632371

One day Izzy and her friends are surprised to find that their teacher, Miss Jones, is actually being nice to them. This is the woman who was caught secretly smiling when Maisie Miller fell off her chair. There can only be one conclusion: she's been taken over by aliens, and now she wants to make them all aliens too! "One time I found a crisp shaped EXACTLY like Mrs Cunningham who lives upstairs and when I showed Mum she just said, 'No thanks, you eat it.' I obviously did NOT eat it, I put it in an envelope and carefully posted it through Mrs Cunningham's letter box. Because that's what I would want someone to do if they found a crisp shaped exactly like me (also called a crisp twin)."

The Bomber Dog by Megan Rix

Puffin ISBN 9780141347899

The Bomber Dog is a gripping and heartwarming story for 9+ readers about a brave puppy who joins the paratroopers during the Second World War and becomes a heroic war dog. Perfect for fans of Michael Morpurgo's War Horse and Lauren St John. Grey is just a puppy when he arrives at the War Dog Training school. Nathan, his trainer, is a brave young soldier. Wolf is a war dog who's seen it all. Grey and Nathan soon become inseparable. Until the day a parachute jump goes tragically wrong...As the Second World War rages, Grey faces his most important mission yet: to find his best friend. With Wolf at his side, he must journey across France and behind enemy lines. Can he reach Nathan before it's too late?

Demon Dentist by David Walliams

Harper Collins ISBN 9780007936427

Following on from the success of Mr Stink, Gangsta Granny and his three other bestselling children's novels, Little Britain actor, comedian, fundraiser and talented author David Walliams returns with Demon Dentist.

Another jaw-achingly funny read, this time a cloud of darkness has come to town. Children who put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy are waking up to find dead slugs, live spiders and earwigs underneath. Someone or something evil is lurking, but who or what is it?

With Tony Ross' hilarious illustrations once again featured throughout and a hint of Roald Dahl-style macabre humour, this is a funny but heart-warming book that will make parents laugh just as much as children.

David Walliams

  David Walliams  
Since beginning his publishing career in 2008, David Walliams has taken the children’s literary world by storm. His most recent book, Awful Auntie, went straight to number one in the UK with sales in excess of 100k copies, making it the fastest-selling hardback of 2014. This follows on from the success of Demon Dentist, Ratburger and Gangsta Granny, all of which went straight to number one in the children’s bestseller chart. David is the biggest UK children’s author to debut this century. Last year David published his debut picture book, The Slightly Annoying Elephant, which also went straight to number one and was the bestselling hardback picture book of 2013. In November 2014 David published his second picture book, The First Hippo on the Moon. David’s books have collectively sold over four million copies in the UK alone. They have also achieved unprecedented critical acclaim: Ratburger and Demon Dentist both won the National Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year.
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Older Readers

Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman

Doubleday ISBN 9780552554626

Years after a violent war destroyed much of the world, Kaspar has grown up in a society based on peace and harmony. But beyond the city walls, a vicious band of rebels are plotting to tear this peace apart. It is up to the Guardians - an elite peacekeeping force - to protect the city, without ever resorting to the brutal methods of their enemy. When Kaspar joins the Guardians, he has a chance encounter with a rebel - a beautiful girl named Rhea. Haunted from that moment on by strange visions and memories - memories that could only belong to Rhea - he realises he hasn't been told the truth about what the rebels really want, and what he's really fighting for.

Malorie Blackman

  Malorie Blackman  
Malorie Blackman has written over fifty books and is acknowledged as one of today’s most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. Malorie has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In 2005 she was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her contribution to children’s books, and in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children’s literature. She has been described by The Times as ‘a national treasure’. Malorie Blackman is the Children’s Laureate 2013–15.
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The Prince of the Icemark by Stuart Hill

Chicken House ISBN 9781906427337

When his brother, the King, is killed in battle, Prince Redrought must rally his people and learn to defend the tiny country agaist supernatural invaders \- werewolves, vampires and zombies. Redrought must take the fight to enemy territory, The-Land-of-the-Ghosts, and it's there he will fall or stand for ever in the legends of the Icemark as King Redrought Athelstan Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield, Bear of the North.

Split Second by Sophie McKenzie

Simon and Schuster ISBN 9781471115998

Bound together by the devastating consequences of a terrorist attack on a London market, teenagers Charlotte (Charlie) and Nat appear at first to have much in common. But, as Charlie gets closer to Nat and his family, she begins to wonder if perhaps he knows more about the attack than he has let on. Split Second is an action-packed thriller that shifts between the perspectives of its two main characters as their courage and their loyalties are tested to the limit.

Sophie McKenzie

  Sophie McKenzie  
Sophie McKenzie published her award-winning debut, Girl, Missing, in 2006. She has since clocked up numerous national and regional book awards, including the Red House Children’s Book Award and has been a featured World Book Day author twice. Sophie lives in London with her teenage son. She worked as a journalist and magazine editor until she was made redundant, at which point she seized the opportunity to pursue her ambition to become a writer and enrolled in a creative writing course.
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Younger Children

Dragon Loves Penguin by Debi Gliori

Bloomsbury ISBN 9781408839508

It's bedtime in the land of ice and snow. "Night, night," says Bib's mummy. "Sleep tight," says Bib's daddy. But Bib has a better plan. "Please," says Bib, "can I have a story? The one about dragons." And so begins the heartwarming tale of a dragon in need of an egg and an abandoned egg in need of a mummy. It seems like the perfect fit, but what happens when that egg hatches and the little baby doesn't look like all the other dragons (in fact, he looks remarkably like a penguin)? Of course, his mummy loves him no matter what. But the other babies aren't so sure. Little do they know that being different can be good and soon their little feathered friend is saving the day.

Debi Gliori

  Debi Gliori  
Debi Gliori is the award-winning and much-loved author/illustrator of over 75 books for children, including the bestselling No Matter What. Debi lives in Haddington, East Lothian with her family. She has twice been writer in residence in the Shetland Isles. Her favourite colour is blue or, more precisely, four different shades of blue: cerulean blue, cobalt blue, Mediterranean turquoise blue and warm ultramarine blue.
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The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Harper Collins ISBN 9780007513758



Debut author Drew Daywalt and international bestseller Oliver Jeffers team up to create a colourful solution to a crayon-based crisis in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way. Poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit! Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown, Blue needs a break from colouring in all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. The battle lines have been drawn. What is Duncan to do?

Go to Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopard by Stephen Cole

Random House ISBN 9781780080628

It was Joe and Ellie's bedtime. But Joe and Ellie were not in bed. The New Babysitter tries all kinds of tactics, but to no avail. However the New Babysitter has one last trick up her sleeve: "Go to sleep or I let loose the leopard!" But she couldn't, she wouldn't. Would she?

That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

Walker ISBN 9781406355581

A crafty fox, a butter-wouldn't-melt-in-her-mouth goose and a band of prophesying little chicks...sounds like all the right ingredients for another hilarious Mo Willems picture book! This is the story of a hungry fox who meets a plump goose. Just look at those big, doey eyes - so trusting! The fox can't believe his luck so he asks the goose to go for a stroll. Suddenly, a little chick pops up warning the protagonist: "That is NOT a good idea!" All too late! This fox is on a roll and next, he invites the goose back to his house tucked away in the deep, dark woods, and...the goose says YES! "THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA!" - now, LOTS of little chicks are shouting warnings! But...just who are they trying to help? The fox or the goose?