Irish author John Boyne has been nominated for the Little Rebels Award for Radical Children's Fiction, which recognises fiction that celebrates social justice and equality.
Boyne's novel, Stay Where You Are And Then Leave is in contention with Moon Bear by Gill Lewis; After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross; Real Lives: Harriet Tubman by Deborah Chancellor; The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean; Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty; and The Promise by Nicola Davies.
Boyne's novel has been described as "a work of tender beauty" and an "instant classic" by Artemis Fowl author, Eoin Colfer. The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield’s father promised he wouldn’t go away to fight, but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn’t know where his dad is.
Then, while shining shoes at King’s Cross Station, Alfie sees his father’s name on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Alfie realises his father is in a hospital nearby and is determined to rescue him.
Attitudes towards mental health and the treatment of conscientious objectors are all explored in Boyne's book, which was published last year. Sarah Grand's Azzi In Between took the Little Rebels Award last year. This year's winner will be announced at the London Radical Book Fair in May.