Today, I’m taking part in the Children’s Book Awards blog tour, and I’ll be giving some information about the Island at the End of Everything and sharing a quote from the author about what it means to her to be on the shortlist. Onto the post!
Amihan lives on Culion Island, where some of the inhabitants – including her mother – have leprosy. Ami loves her home – with its blue seas and lush forests, Culion is all she has ever known. But the arrival of malicious government official Mr Zamora changes her world forever: islanders untouched by sickness are forced to leave. Banished across the sea, she’s desperate to return, and finds a strange and fragile hope in a colony of butterflies. Can they lead her home before it’s too late?
About the Author:
Kiran Millwood Hargrave (b. Surrey 1990) is a poet, playwright, and author. Her books include the bestselling The Girl of Ink & Stars, and The Island at the End of Everything.
The Girl of Ink & Stars won Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017, and was shortlisted for numerous awards including the Jhalak Prize, the Little Rebels Prize, and the Branford Boase Award.
Kiran lives in Oxford with her husband, the artist Tom de Freston, and her cat, Luna.
What Being Nominated Means to Kiran:
It is always a joy to know your book is being read, and even more so when it’s enjoyed! Reading opened so many doors for me, and made me dream of going through so many more: from the backs of wardrobes to have tea with Mr Tumnus and the ticket barrier to platform 9 and 3/4s, to crossing the Northern Lights into another world. If you read you can go anywhere, learn anything, see the world a thousand different ways – to be a part of making stories is wondrous. I am so grateful to the Children’s Book Award for considering my story.
Thank you so much for reading! What would you vote for in the awards if you could? Did you enjoy the Island at the End of Everything? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!