Nilanjana Roy & M. G. Leonard reach Waterstones Children's Book Prize Shortlist

We are absolutely delighted to share that not one but two DGA authors have made it on to the Waterstones Children's Book Prize Shortlist 2017. Nilanjana Roy has been nominated in the Older Readers category for her book, The Wildings and M. G. Leonard's Beetle Boy is in the Younger Readers category. 

Waterstones said "For our Children’s Buyer Florentyna Martin, “whilst reading has always encouraged an element of escapism, this year’s shortlists provide a guiding light of optimism in the face of uncertain times... we’re delighted to celebrate these inspiring books.

The bookseller voting now begins, leading to our category winner evening to be held at our Waterstones Piccadilly flagship, Europe’s largest bookshop, on Thursday 30th March 2017. Of the three category winners – who will each receive £2000 - just one will be crowned our overall Waterstones Book Prize winner for the year, a Prize worth £3000 and the weight of our national support."

Beetle Boy - M. G. Leonard

Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017

Longlisted for the UKLA award 2017.

Dr Bartholomew Cuttle wasn’t the kind of man who mysteriously disappeared. He was the kind of man who read enormous old books at the dinner table and got fried egg stuck in his beard.

Darkus Cuttle’s dad is missing, vanished from a locked room and now everything for Darkus is about to change.

Miserable and lonely, he is forced to move in with his eccentric uncle Max, next door to the most disgusting neighbours ever and their house infested by beetles.

But when a giant beetle called Baxter comes to his rescue, Darkus learns that these are no ordinary creatures. They’re an incredible super-species and they could just be the key to solving the mystery of his dad’s disappearance.

When links begin to emerge connecting the crime with cruel Lucretia Cutter, mad scientist and  fashionista, and her penchant for beetle jewellery, Darkus, Dexter and the other beetles are caught in a race against time to find the answers.

A coffee-mug mountain, home to a million insects, could provide the answer - if Darkus and Baxter are brave enough to find it.

The Wildings - Nilanjana Roy

Beraal was the most fierce of the queens of Nizamuddin, and could take on many of the toms. She was a fine hunter – swift, silent and precise – and her immediate concern was finding the stranger who threatened their peace.

Something is stirring in the heart of Old Delhi...

Prowling, hunting and fighting amidst the crumbling ruins of one of Delhi's oldest neighbourhoods, are the proud Wildings. These feral cats fear no one, go where they want and do as they please. Battle-scarred tomcats, fierce warrior queens, the Wildings have ruled over Nizamuddin for centuries.

Now there is a new addition to the clan - a pampered housecat with strange powers that could turn their world on its head. And something is stirring in the old Shuttered House - something dark and cruel and dangerous.

As a terrifying new enemy emerges from the shadows, the Wildings will need all the allies they can get, as they fight for Nizamuddin, and their lives.

An clear successor to some of Waterstones’ best-loved writers, including Richard Adams and Brian Jacques, India Nilanjana Roy has created an anthropomorphic adventure that is full of rich symbolism and vivid imagination, a new world for readers to lose themselves inside.