Annabel Pitcher

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Annabel Pitcher (born 1982) is a British children's writer.

Background[edit]

Pitcher was born in a village in West Yorkshire. She studied English Literature at Oxford University. Her first novel, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, deals with the tragedy of a family torn apart by a terrorist attack.[1][2] It quickly became a bestseller and has been translated into over twenty languages.[3] It was shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award, the Galaxy Children's Book of the Year, the 2012 Carnegie Medal,[4] and the 2011 Dylan Thomas Prize. It won a Royal Society of Authors' Betty Trask Award, the Hull Children's Book of the Year and the prestigious 2012 Branford Boase Award for most outstanding debut novel.[5]

Pitcher's second novel, Ketchup Clouds, won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.[6] It also collected the Edgar Allan Poe award in 2014 for 'Best Young Adult Novel', awarded by the Mystery Writers of America.

Before her first book was published, Annabel trained as a teacher and taught English at Wakefield Girls' High School.

Published books[edit]

Year Title Publisher Awards
2011 My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece   Orion Books

2012 Branford Boase Award

2012 Ketchup Clouds
(US paperback title, Yours Truly)
Indigo/Orion

2013 Waterstones Children's Book Prize  

2013 Project Bright Spark
(illustrated by Roger Simó)
Collins Education  
March
2015[7]
Silence is Goldfish Indigo/Orion

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher - review". The Guardian. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Wondrous Reads: Review: My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher". Wonderous Reads. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Annabel Pitcher". British Council. Archived from the original on 10 September 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Shortlist for the 2012 CILIP Carnegie Medal announced". 2012 press release. CILIP. Retrieved 2012-06-09.
  5. ^ Alison Flood (5 July 2012). "Brandford Boase award goes to My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Annabel Pitcher wins Waterstones children's book prize" 21 March 2013 The Guardian
  7. ^ "Silence is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher". Waterstones. 2016-11-24. Retrieved 2017-03-08. 

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