A Seven Letter Word out in paperback today!
The second Carnegie nominated novel from Kim Slater, A Seven Letter Word is out in paperback today!
It tells the story of Scrabble genius Finlay, struggling to overcome his confidence-denting stutter and, at the same time, uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of his mother.
Nottingham knows best
We are so thrilled that Nottingham, a UNESCO City of Literature, has chosen Smart, by Kim Slater, for the official worldwide UNESCO Recommended Summer Reads initiative.
The UNESCO Cities of Literature work together to bridge the culture gap between countries by encouraging creative and literature exchanges. Nottingham joined this fantastic programme in 2015, on the same day as other such wonderful cities as Baghdad in Iraq, Lviv in Ukraine, Barcelona in Spain and Montevideo in Uruguay, among others.
UNESCO asked their Cities of Literature to recommend a perfect Summer Read, and we agree that Smart is a perfect choice!
For more information on the UNESCO City of Literature programme, please click here and if you'd like to see the other titles joining Smart on the list of Recommended Reads from around the World, click here.
A Seven Letter Word out today!
A Seven Letter Word, the second novel from the multi-award winning Kim Slater is published today by Macmillan Children’s Books.
‘That’s one seven letter word I wish didn’t exist. Fifty points extra or not.’
'My name is Finlay McIntosh. I can see OK, can hear perfectly fine and I can write really, really well. But the thing is, I can't speak. I'm a st-st-st-stutterer. Hilarious, isn't it? It's like the word is there in my mouth, fully formed and then, just as it's ready to leave my lips . . . POP! It jumps and ricochets and bounces around my gob. Except it isn't funny at all, because there's not a thing I can do about it.'
Finlay's mother vanished two years ago. And ever since then his stutter has become almost unbearable.
Bullied at school and ignored by his father, the only way to get out the words which are bouncing around in his head is by writing long letters to his ma which he knows she will never read, and by playing Scrabble online.
But when Finlay is befriended by an online Scrabble player called Alex, everything changes. Could it be his mother secretly trying to contact him? Or is there something more sinister going on?
SMART and Brilliant
Our wonderful author, Kim Slater, has been awarded the Brilliant Book Award 2016 for her debut novel Smart!
The award, organised by the Nottinghamshire Education Library Service, gives the opportunity for students across the region to read and vote for their favourite shortlisted title. The scheme aims to give a voice to pupils through reading for pleasure and to recognise excellence as well as popularity.
Kim was absolutely thrilled and said, 'As a local author, the Brilliant Book Award is particularly close to my heart. I am so proud of our fabulous region and as the book is set in the local area, it is a fitting tribute to Nottingham's new status as a UNESCO City of Literature. I'm delighted that the BBA schools voted Smart as this year's BBA winner!'
Many congratulations Kim!
Smart scoops 4th win!
We are so thrilled to annouce that Kim Slater's brilliant YA novel, Smart, has scooped its 4th win at the Tower Hamlets Book Awards!
Clare, Kim's agent, and Emma, Rights Executive, went to the Tower Hamlets Book Awards to support both Kim and Polly Ho-Yen, who was also nominated for the fantastic Boy in the Tower, last Friday.
After wonderful afternoon full of presentations from the schools involved and a lot of excited signing of books, Kim was announced this year's winner.
A 'Smart' Choice at Leeds Book Awards
We are absolutely delighted to announce that Kim Slater's novel Smart has been chosen as a winner at the Leeds Book Awards 2015!
The Leeds Book Awards are held in the Pudsey Civil Hall in Leeds, and are organised by Leeds Libraries. The Awards are comprised of three age categories, which range from nine to sixteen years old. Smart was announced as a shortlisted book in the11-14 category alongside the work of other fantastic authors, but we are so thrilled for Kim that she has now come out on top!
This brilliant news comes just after Kim's prize for Smart at the St. Helen's Book Award last month, and her longlisting for the Carnegie Medal!
Big congratulations from everyone at the Darley Anderson Agency, Kim! For more information about the Leeds Book Awards, visit their website.
Kim Slater is shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award!
It really is awards season for Kim Slater! We are pleased to say that Kim and Smart have been shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award which marks Kim’s seventh award nomination!
Smart is one of six shortlisted books that offer a varied mix of genres including Science Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry. The final shortlist was announced by John Lucas of Shoestring Press and Chair of the EMBA trustees. It’s also a particularly special listing for Kim, and close to her heart, as she’s from the East Midlands herself.
In further exciting news for Smart, just before Bologna Book Fair begins, the rights team have sold Italian translation rights to Il Castoro and Japanese translation rights to Hyoronsha!
Boy in the Tower and Smart shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize!
We are so proud to share that two of our children’s authors are on the shortlist for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2015!
Hot on the heels of Kim Slater's longlisting for the Carnegie Medal and Polly Ho-Yen’s longlisting for the Branford Boase Award, we are absolutely delighted that Smart and Boy in the Tower have been shortlisted for this prize which champions new and emerging writers for children.
Smart has been selected in the Teen category and Boy in the Tower has been selected in the 5-12 category, both alongside five other fantastic books. The shortlist was described by Waterstones MD James Daunt as ‘exciting, imaginative and beautiful’. The winners in all categories will be announced at Waterstones Piccadilly on 26th March.
In addition to this fantastic shortlisting, Smart has been nominated for the following awards:
Shortlisted for the St Helen’s Libraries Book Awards (BASH) 2015; Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award 2015; Shortlisted for the Shropshire Teenage Book Award 2015; Longlisted for Carnegie Medal 2015
And Boy in the Tower has been nominated for:
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015; Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2015; Longlisted for the Calderdale Book of the Year Award; Longlisted for the Redbridge Book Awards 2015.
Congratulations, Polly and Kim!
Smart shortlisted for BASH 2015!
We are delighted to see Smart, by Kim Slater on the shortlist for the St. Helen's Library Book Award 2015.
Book Awards St. Helens (BASH) is the fantastic Book Award scheme for Secondary school pupils, the amBASHadors. BASH started in 2011 and celebrates works of fiction being written in the UK for ages 11-18. The winner, voted for by the students, will be announced by Queen of Teen 2014, James Dawson, on 30th April 2015.
Smart shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award 2015!
We are so excited to announce that Smart by Kim Slater has been shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award 2015 in the 11-14 category!
Over 70 schools will be participating with young people voting for their favourite book individually at local libraries or through the book group at their schools. The deadline for votes is 24th April 2015 and the winner will be announced at Leeds Civic Hall on 19th May 2015.
2015 looks to be a very exciting year for Smart with this shortlisting and a nomination for the Carnegie Medal! Huge congratulations, Kim!
For more information about the Leeds Book Award, click here.
Two children's débuts nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2015!
We are thrilled to say that two of our children’s debuts have been nominated for the Carnegie Medal in 2015!
Smart by Kim Slater, published by Macmillan Children’s Books, is an unusual YA detective story centering around Kieran investigating the death of a homeless man. Boy in the Tower, published by Random House Children’s Books, is a middle-grade story about Ade who becomes stuck in the tower he lives in after an unknown, mysterious plant hits London and starts making buildings disappear.
The longlist will be announced in February 2015 with the shorlist announced in March. The winners will be announced on 22 June 2015.
Both are agented by Clare Wallace and we are so excited for these brilliant books! The full list can be read here.
Congratulations, Kim and Polly!
Get Smart Today
We are thrilled to announce the publication of SMART by Kim Slater today. Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, Smart is Kim’s debut novel.
SMART follows Kieran Woods as he attempts to investigate the death of a homeless man. He's made a promise and he's going to find out what really happened. To Colin. And to his grandma, who just stopped coming round one day. But being a detective is difficult when you're Kieran Woods. When you're amazing at drawing but terrible at fitting in. And when there are dangerous secrets everywhere, not just outside, but under your own roof.
Smart nominated in Italy
Some brilliant news from Italy, Smart has been shortlisted for the prestigious Italian literary prize Premio Strega Ragazze e Ragazzi!
Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Bologna Children's Book Fair.
Kim has won 9 awards and has been nominated over 20 times for Smart, her debut novel.
Kim Slater wins, again!
Kim Slater's Smart has been announced of the winner of the Grampian Children's Book Award 2016.
Kim was one of six shortlisted authors which included Eve Ainsworth and Juno Dawson.
SMART's Still Sweeping Up
More and more great news for Kim Slater as Smart scooped the 1066 Schools’ Book Award 2016!
The award is voted for by schools in Hastings and the surrounding East Sussex area.
It was also recently announced that Smart has been nominated for the Hampshire Book Award 2016 racking up her 23rd nomination. An absolutely staggering achievement.
Congratulations, Kim. Here’s to the next 23!
Smart Scores 20!
We're delighted to say this morning that Smart by Kim Slater has scooped its 20th award shortlisting!
Smart has been shortlisted for the Dorset New Horizons Book Award 2016.
In more fantastic news, we're also really pleased that Polly Ho Yen's Boy in the Tower has also been shortlisted.
For more information on the award, click here.
Congratulations, Kim and Polly!
Smart and Boy in the Tower score more nominations!
We are thrilled to say that Kim Slater's Smart has been nominated for two more children's book awards!
Smart has been shortlisted for the Bolton Children's Fiction Award 2016 and the Children's Book Award 2016!
We are also proud to say that Polly Ho Yen's Boy in the Tower has also been shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2016!
Congratulations, Kim and Polly!
Smart wins St Helens Book Award!
Hot on the heels of Kim Slater’s Carnegie Medal longlisting, we are thrilled and proud to say that Smart has won the St Helen’s Book Award 2015!
The St Helen’s Book Award is a fantastic regional Book Award scheme for secondary school pupils. BASH (Book Awards St Helens) started in 2011, and celebrates works of fiction published in the UK for ages 11-18. The scheme works in partnership with local high schools and has recently introduced a scheme for primary school children.
Reigning Queen of Teen, James Dawson, announced Kim as the winner this afternoon from a shortlist of four other teen titles: Tape by Steven Camden, Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Caroll, The Messengers by Edward Hogan and She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick. Previous winners include Patrick Ness and Nick Lake.
Smart published in paperback today!
Kim Slater’s Carnegie longlisted début Smart is published by Macmillan Children’s Books in paperback today!
When fourteen-year-old artistic genius Kieran Woods finds the body of a homeless man floating in the river, he refuses to believe the death was accidental. In a race against time, Kieran embarks on solving the mystery.
Not only must he find the killer, he must also escape his abusive stepfamily to save himself and the people he loves. Can Kieran catch the killer before the killer catches him?
Smart longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2015!
We are so proud and excited to share this morning’s fantastic news: Smart by Kim Slater has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2015!
One of the highest accolades in children’s literature, Kim’s critically acclaimed début novel is up against other fantastic debuts and past winners such as Patrick Ness, Meg Rosoff and Berlie Doherty. The judges described this year’s selection of books as ‘books that tackle the whole range of human experience from the joys and tribulations of friendship, to mortality and grief featured along with gripping mysteries…’
The shortlists will be announced on Tuesday 17th March with the winner announced on Monday 22nd June at the British Library. For more information, please click here.
Huge congratulations, Kim!
‘Smart is an absolute page-turner with a loveable narrator and great characterisation. I can’t wait to see what comes next from Kim Slater.’ The Bookseller
‘A remarkable first novel which embraces many of the themes in current teenage literature. Expect this book to be in the running for prizes.’ The Guardian
Kim Slater is shortlisted for the Shropshire Teenage Book Award!
Just when we thought December couldn’t get any more merry – more brilliant award news!
Smart by Kim Slater has been shortlisted for the first ever Shropshire Teenage Book Award!
Launched in 2014, the Award is sponsored by Shropshire Council’s schools library service and voted for by pupils from schools in Shropshire and Telford.
The longlist was whittled down from 20 books to just 7. The winning book will be announced in March 2015.
If you loved Smart, or if you would like more information about the award, you can click and vote here.
Literature Works New Writer’s Conference November 2014!
This weekend, Clare attended the Literature Works New Writer’s Conference alongside her author, Kim Slater, of the YA novel Smart.
An event put on with Plymouth University, with over 40 fantastic delegates in attendance, is aimed at new and aspiring writers with industry experts, like Clare and Kim, sharing their advice on how to get published.
Over the course of the fun afternoon, Clare and Kim hosted the ‘Finding an Agent and Getting a Book Deal’ talk with Kim sharing her inspirational story on how she got an agent and, subsequently, a fantastic deal with Macmillan Children’s Books. They both stressed the importance of tenacity and determination, as it’s a long and tough, but rewarding, road to getting published. Clare also talked about getting an agent’s attention and how to put together a brilliant standout submission. To round off their section, they did a Q&A and a ‘submission live’ quick-fire round. Several brave attendees read out their covering letters or the first page of their manuscript and were provided with quick, immediate feedback from both Clare and Kim.
Clare and Kim had a lovely afternoon and hope that it was helpful for the delegates!
Smart Longlisted for the St. Helens Book Awards
Kim Slater’s début novel, SMART, has been longlisted for the St. Helens Libraries Book Awards!
SMART has been nominated alongside eleven other books in this fantastic regional Book Award scheme for secondary school pupils. BASH (Book Awards St Helens) started in 2011, and celebrates works of fiction published in the UK for ages 11-18. The scheme works in partnership with local high schools and has recently introduced a scheme for primary school children.
We are even more proud of Kim considering that her book was only released a few weeks ago. Congratulations, Kim!
Germany Gets Smart
SMART, a YA dut by author Kim Slater, has been acquired in Germany by Dtv!
Congratulations to Kim on the sale of her first translation rights.
When fourteen-year-old Kieran Woods finds the body of a homeless man in the river near his home, he refuses to believe the death was accidental.
But Kieran has a special way of thinking that leads a lot of people to underestimate him. People like his bullying stepfather and stepbrother Ryan. Now Kieran has the chance to put his special skills to use, not only to catch a killer but also find his missing Grandma.
With the help of his exceptional artistic ability, his love for artist L. S. Lowry and his one and only school friend, Karwana, Kieran sets out to solve a murder and finds he may be better at it than anyone would have expected.
But will anyone believe him? And can Kieran catch the killer before the killer catches him?
Macmillan Childrens Books will publish in the UK in Spring 2014.
Find out more at www.kimslater.com