We are thrilled to announce that By the River by Steven Herrick has won Germany’s Youth Literature Prize, Young Adult division!
The German Children's Literature Award (Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis) is a state-sponsored prize endowed with a total of 72,000 Euros funded by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, and organised by the Working Group for Youth Literature. The prize is intended to encourage the development of children’s and young adult literature, to arouse and maintain public interest and to stimulate discussions in this field of literature. The goal of the award is to strengthen children and young adults in their personal development and to offer guidance to the vast German book market. The prize is open to German-language children's and youth books, and titles by foreign-language authors, as long as they have been translated into German.
Three independent juries - the jury of critics , the youth jury and the special prize jury are responsible for the selection across four categories: Picture Book, Children's Book, Young Adult Book and Non-Fiction. Each category carries a value of 10,000 Euro.
More information about the awards can be found here.
by Steven Herrick
A memorable YA novel about the tough and tender sides of growing up in a small country town. Fourteen-year-old Harry has a knack for wriggling out of trouble, but escaping the constraints and memories that keep him trapped is not so easy, until it's a matter of life or death.