Scatterheart seems to be having a bit of a rennaissance this year - new Australian and German covers, and now I'm so very pleased to say that it has won the IBBY Ena Noël Award. The biennial Award is an encouragement award for young writers (under 35), and was last won in 2008 by Markus Zusak for The Book Thief . Other winners whose company I'm delighted to be in include Sonya Hartnett, Anthony Eaton and Catherine Jinks. Here's what the announcement says:
Each chapter of Hannah’s story begins with the tale of Scatterheart, a fairy tale version of her own search for happily ever after. In a novel that is an interesting mix of historical fiction, fantasy, adventure and melodrama, Wilkinson has created in Hannah a strong character undergoing a metamorphosis from the spoilt and self centred society miss to a resilient, resourceful and loyal young woman. Her descriptions of well researched settings are equally memorable, from the dank and dangerous prison cells to the harsh realities and privations of life aboard a prison ship and in the penal colony of New South Wales. The amalgam of styles and stories revealed in Scatterheart engages, informs and entertains and is indicative of Wilkinson’s versatility.
To celebrate, I'm giving away three copies of Scatterheart (either the original Australian or UK editions). Just comment on this blog and tell me what your favourite fairy tale is - and make sure there's a way for me to contact you if you win!