There is no friend as loyal as a book.

Ernest Hemingway




In the aftermath of World War One, everyone is trying to rebuild their lives. If Ben is to avoid being sent back to the orphanage, he needs to find his brother Sam, wounded in action and now missing. Lotti's horrible aunt and uncle want to send her away to boarding-school (when she has just so successfully managed to get expelled from her last one!) Just as they think they've found their feet in the new order, disaster strikes, and Lotti and Ben must get away. Together they hatch a plan - to cross the Channel on Ben's narrowboat and find Sam, and something Lotti is looking for too... Buffeted by storms, chased by the police, Lotti, Ben and a growing number of dogs set out on an epic journey, on the search for lost loved ones and a place to call home.    WINNER OF THE COSTA CHLDREN'S BOOK AWARD 2020! TIMES AND SUNDAY TIMES CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR  WINNER OF THE SPARK BOOK AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE INDIE BOOK AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE WARWICKSHIRE SLS JUNIOR BOOK AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE CUMBRIA SECONDARY SCHOL BOOK AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE STOCKPORT CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE NORTH SOMERSET TEACHERS' AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE REDBRIDGE CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD   BUY FROM BOOKSHOP.ORG   READ AN EXTRACT INTERVIEW WITH BOOKS FOR KEEPS INTERVIEW WITH KIDS FUN RADIO   REVIEWS "A book that makes you fall in love with reading" - Costa Book Awards "Inspiring, beautiful and utterly delightful, Voyage of the Sparrowhawk is a delicious emotional rollercoaster of a read that will stay with you forever.' Liz Hyder, winner of the Waterstones Childrens' Prize "Empowering, rollicking, wistful and joyful' Hilary McKay, winner of the Costa Book Award "Heaven sent out of a blue sky, it blew me far away on a wonderful adventure, and for a blissful while, I really was somewhere else' Piers Torday, winner of the Guardian Book Award "It had my heart from the very first pages" Lucy Strange, author of THE SECRET OF NIGHTINGALE WOOD and OUR CASTLE BY THE SEA   "Surefooted and joyful" Literary review "The reading equivalent of wallowing in a hot bath" - Times and Sunday Times Book of the Year "Dramatic, moving and perfectly paced" - a Daily Mail Book of the Year "One of the most compelling, joyous, tearjerking and delightful reads of the year" - The Sunday Times "A magnificent odyssey... it deserves prizes" - The New Statesman "Thrilling... deeply moving" - The Daily Mail   "Pure gold dust" - LoveReading4Kids "Friendship, kindness, bravery, determination and working together to make things happen (...) exciting adventure story (...) wonderful characters" Just Imagine  "It fills your heart, the writing is effortless and the storytelling sublime. An utter joy." Angels & Urchins "Superb and original story ... there is adventure, action and tension on every page" School Reading List "Engaging and exciting, this is a wonderful adventure story about two friends and their determination to never give up their last, tiny glimpses of hope" The Bookbag "A completely compelling story of love, friendship and unexpected surprises" Federation of Children's Book Groups "A beautiful, poignant book... filled with adventure, bravery, love, friendship, and hope" - Whispering Stories "A stunning read, beautifully told" - North Somerset Book Awards "A wonderful story of friendship, bravery and hope" The Week Junior "You will be cheering on the lovable, brave characters in this compelling story" The Scotsman   FABER AND FABER, September 2020 Rights sold:  China (publisher tbc) France, Gallimard Italy, Edizione Piemme Poland (publisher tbc) USA, WW Norton Audio, WF Howes                    

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****NEWS NEWS NEWS **** I am SO excited that VOYAGE OF THE SPARROWHAWK has won the 9-11 category of the Spark Book Award! This is the second award it has won (actually it's the second award I HAVE EVER WON) and it's the FIRST award that has been voted for by children. Believe me, it really means the world! As a thank you, here is a picture of Dobby the chihuahua, the original SPARK for this story...   

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