What an eventful day! Celine Kiernan author of the phenomenal Moorehawke Trilogy, won the CBI Children’s Choice Award for her fabulous novel Into the Grey! Not only that, but she also won the main prize – CBI Book of the Year Award! Celine was up against some very tough competition with the rest of the extremely talented shortlisted nominees – Roddy Doyle, Siobhan Parkinson, Paula Leyden, Mark O’Sullivan, Caitríona Hastings & Andrew Whitson, Oliver Jeffers and Derek Kielty. All of the books that were nominated were powerful & beautiful and some dealt with extremely difficult subject matter in sensitive and imaginative ways.
The ceremony kicked off with the Junior Juries speaking fantastically and enthusiastically about each of the nominated books that they reviewed.
Then the guest speaker Fergus Finlay (Barnardos CEO) spoke about the power of reading, saying that when a child can read confidently the positive effects of this radiate throughout his/her entire life.
All of sudden the big moment was upon us and the winners of the six CBI Awards were announced with Paula Leyden, Mark O’Sullivan, Oliver Jeffers and Siobhan Parkinson all winning special merit awards for their books.
Then we received the double delight of Celine being announced winner of the Children’s Choice Award AND the Book of the Year Award!
On her amazing win Celine had this to say:
‘To have won both the Children’s Choice Award and the Book of the Year Award has simply blown me away. The Children’s Choice Award means so much – children are the most honest of readers and for them to have voted Into the Grey as their winner is the highest compliment I could ever have received. And then, on top of that, to have the recognition of the panel of judges whose vote is based on literary merit as much as enjoyment of the story is quite the icing on the cake.’