Run Rabbit Run wins Young Quills Prize for Historical Fiction
RUN RABBIT RUN has been awarded a Young Quills Prize for Historical Fiction. Barbara Mitchelhill’s WW2 novel was named as the winner of the Primary age group category for 2012.
The ceremony was held on Tuesday night at the Macmillan Hall at Senate House in central London, where Barbara accepted her prize as part of an annual Historical Association event that celebrates and recognises the world of history.
Here are the judges comments about RUN RABBIT RUN:‘It was a lively story with lots of historical detail. The main characters, Lizzie and Freddie and their dad are really believable. The book captured the feel and attitudes of many during the Second World War. Above all the strong narrative was the strongest feature - bringing to life a difficult issue.'
About the Award
The Young Quills is a major award for children's historical fiction organised by the Historical Association. Young people nominate, review and shortlist new publications of historical fiction written specifically for their age group. From their reading and discussion two shortlists are made, the best of primary historical fiction and the best of secondary historical fiction. Adult judges are involved only at the last stage to check for historical accuracy and to draw the comments of the young people together.