2014 is starting well for Freddie

The Finding of Freddie Perkins has been short-listed for a second prize – this time for the Portsmouth Children’s Book Award. It’s going to be a long wait till the summer, when all the short-listed books have been read by all the year five pupils in the city… but for now even news of the nomination is excitment enough. Read more here – PBA 2014 shortlist annoucement FINAL

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2013 ended well for Freddie too. In December, he heard about his first short-listing – The James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award – and Liz was invited back to her old school in St Albans on account of his story.

Standing in the hall of St Albans Girls’ School (or STAGS to anyone in the know) again, shaking the hands of girls mostly back from their first term at University to collect their A-Level certificates was a good ending to the year for Liz too.

Undoubtedly there were young women in that room who are going to go on to do remarkable things – and getting the chance to be a small voice of inspiration in any of their stories was an incredible privilege.

Unsurprisingly she’s as pleased as Freddie about the 2014 news from Portsmouth too, and is very much hoping he’ll win so she can go and meet more promising young people, talk about writing Freddie and above all – give children hope and encouragement in their creativity.

For now though, she’d like to thank one young man closer to home for the hope and encouragement he gave her last year:

‘Matthew Hodson, it seems your review was spot on… let’s hope Freddie really is ‘award-winning’.