May 5th, 2015

oliver et les îles vagabondes: prix enfantaisie!

My co-author Philip Reeve and I were so excited to get a message from our International Rights Manager Stella Giatrakou, saying she'd heard from French publisher Seuil that Oliver and the Seawigs had won an award in Switzerland! It's the Prix Enfantaisie, organised by Payot bookshops and the Swiss Institute for Youth, and they've been doing it for 20 years; 3,000 children voted for Oliver et les îles vagabondes from a selection of five books.

We weren't able to go to the Geneva International Bookfair to accept the award because we had already agreed to go to the Stratford-upon-Avon lit fest. But I knew the perfect person in Geneva to collect the award! She's Marie-Pierre Preece, the amazing librarian at the International School of Geneva, that I visited in 2012. (All the kids call her 'MP'.) Here she is on the left, with the picture I drew for her library during my visit:

And MP asked Philip and me if we could make a video for the ceremony, which we did. (Note the excellent sound effect halfway through, that was Philip's doing.)

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