Tony Robinson, Katherine Rundell Win Blue Peter Book Award
Publish Date : Wednesday 12 March 2014 - 11:38
Tony Robinson has beaten off the competition to win himself his second Blue Peter Book Award for Best Book with Facts, with the WWII instalment in his 'Weird World of Wonders' series.
According to Booktrust, Newcomer Katherine Rundell, aged 26, joins him as the winner of the Best Story for her critically acclaimed second novel 'Rooftoppers'.
A panel of judges including author Marcus Sedgwick, CBBC presenter Katie Thistleton, World Book Day director Kirsten Grant and as a non-voting chair of judges, Blue Peter editor Ewan Vinnicombe, selected the shortlist from publishers’ submissions. These were then read and voted on by over 400 children from 10 schools across the UK to decide the winners in each category.
Robinson is known for his role as Baldrick in historical comedy Blackadder, as well as presenting on Time Team, but he has also written over 20 books for children and adults, including 'The Worst Children’s Jobs in History', which sold over 60,000 copies and won a Blue Peter Book Award in 2007. There are six titles in the Weird World of Wonders series, plus a World Book Day special, published in 2013.
Rundell, who is the youngest female fellow ever to be elected at All Souls College in Oxford, already counts Philip Pullman and Jacqueline Wilson among her fans and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award in 2013.
Her first book, 'Girl Savage', was inspired by childhood years living in Zimbabwe and 'Rooftoppers' from her summers working in Paris as well as night-time explorations on the roof of All Souls and a side hobby in tightrope walking. She is currently working on her doctorate alongside an adult novel.