We are so pleased to announce that Claire Barker and the wonderful Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog have been nominated for the prestigious Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award for Fiction 2017. The series is illustrated by Ross Collins.

The Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards celebrate the best in newly released children’s literature, with this year’s shortlist described by Pete Selby, head of books and music at Sainsbury’s, as the ‘strongest yet’. Knitbone finds itself listed amongst literary legends such as Adrian Edmondson, Quentin Blake, Oliver Jeffers and illustrator Jim Field.

This is the latest success for Claire and Knitbone, who in May were awarded with the Simply Books Book Factor Award 2017, as voted for by children from across ten Stockport schools.

Knitbone Pepper: Ghost Dog sees Winnie Pepper, her crackpot aristocratic parents and their beloved dog Knitbone live happily together at tumbledown Starcross Hall, which has been in the Pepper family for 904 years. Poor as they are, life is brilliant. Both Winnie and Knitbone are Starcross home-growns and have sworn to be BFFs – best friends forever. But forever is an awfully long time. When the unthinkable finally happens and Knitbone reaches the end of his days, Winnie feels like a lost soul. And she’s not the only one. Can Knitbone find a way to get his best friend back, and will he and a gang of ghostly animals bound to Starcross save Winnie and her family from losing their home for good?

Translation rights have so far been sold in seven territories, and the series has gone on to generate a further two titles: Knitbone Pepper and the Last Circus Tiger and Knitbone Pepper and a Horse Called Moon, all published by Usborne.

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