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Monday 09 December 2019

The Somerset Fiction Award Winners


Age 5 - 7 - The foggy foggy forest by Nick Sharratt

The Foggy Foggy Forest



Nick Sharratt visited St Andrew's School, Taunton in person to collect his award! After accepting his award Nick treated all the pupils, staff and visitors to a lively session where he shared several of his books and talked about the process of writing and illustrating. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and one pupil said, 'We missed our golden time but it was worth it'.

Nick Sharratt

Age 7 - 9 - Dinkin Dings and the frightening things by Guy Bass

Guy Bass sent this message.

‘Thanks, ta and cheers to everyone who voted for Dinkin Dings and the frightening things. I’m chuffed to bits that it won, especially as it was chosen by readers – they’re the awards that really count! I’m thrilled, honoured and delighted. I’ve also done so many celebratory cartwheels that I feel a bit queasy. Time for a lie down…’

Dinkin dings & the frightening things

Age 9 - 13 - The graveyard book by Neil Gaiman



The graveyard book





Eastover and St Cuthbert's Junior Schools both hosted a Celebration of Reading led by local storytellers Arabella and Thannisara.


Thannisara & Arabella


A celebration, led by storyteller Alec Williams, was held at Sedgemoor Manor Junior School.  The winners were announced and Alec promoted how much joy and fun can be inspired through books, poetry and reading.

Age 4 – 7 Category - Little Rabbit Foo Foo by Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen wrote 'Thank you to everyone who has voted for Little Rabbit Foo Foo, it’s a real honour to be selected and I’m delighted to be a part of the Somerset Fiction Award. I’m pleasantly surprised to have won having seen the other fantastic titles shortlisted in the same category! I think what makes this award so special is that it’s chosen by you the readers! I hope you have a fantastic afternoon and continue to enjoy reading – it’s the biggest adventure you will ever go on!'

Age 7 – 9 Category - The Twits by Roald Dahl

Age 9 – 11 Category - Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney

Puffin Books (on behalf of Jeff Kinney) said  'Jeff will be absolutely thrilled to receive this award for Diary of a Wimpy Kid. He is so chuffed that UK kids have responded so warmly to the books. We hope they all enjoy the second film Rodrick Rules when it hits UK cinemas on 27th May!'

Teenage 11+ Category - Skulduggery Pleasant Book 1 by Derek Landy

Derek Landy sent this message 'It's always a great thrill to win anything, but for something like the Somerset Fiction Award the thrill is even greater. It's such a fantastic enterprise, and the fact that the books are first nominated, and then voted on, by readers makes it even more special. it is both an honour and a privilege to win and now, if you'll excuse me, I really must get back to writing the next one...'

Somerset Fiction Award Winners 2011


Students at Buckler’s Mead Community School, Yeovil celebrated the short listed titles in the following film.

Somerset Fiction Awards video

The winning titles were:

Age 4 – 7 The way back home by Oliver Jeffers

Age 7 – 9 Horrid Henry’s revenge by Francesca Simon

Age 9- 11 How to be a pirate by Cressida Cowell

Teen (11+) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer


The winners were acknowledged in a celebration of reading held at Long Sutton Primary School and Buckler’s Mead Community School.  Schools from across the county were invited to join The 2 Steves who showed what fun reading and writing can be.

2 Steves 1

Each author sent his or her good wishes.



"I am absolutely thrilled to receive this award. It’s one thing making the books in the confines of my studio, another thing to see people who aren't related to me enjoying the books without my knowing, but another thing entirely to find people who enjoy the book so much they thought it was worth giving an award. Thank you. It means a great deal."



"I'm absolutely delighted to win the fiction award, and thank the children of Somerset for their outstanding taste and good judgment!"  (Francesca Simon)





“I was so pleased to hear that ‘How to Be a Pirate’ was voted the winner in the 9-11 category of this award. I am, of course, not the actual author of the book; I merely translated it from the Old Norse. It was written by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, the famous reluctant Hero and Dragon whisperer – but I am absolutely delighted to accept the award on his behalf.”  “Thankee keendlee, ickle wingless o Somerset’’ which is Dragonese for, ‘Thank you very much, children of Somerset.” (Cressida Cowell)





''Thank you to Somerset teens for voting for me in the Teenage Category of the 2010 Somerset Fiction Award.  Teen-selected awards are particularly dear to my heart as there are so many things teens could be doing or reading and it’s thrilling that they’re spending their time with my books.

The past few years have been an amazing time for me and never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that my stories about Edward, Bella and Jacob would resonate with so many readers.  I’ve always been an avid reader and to receive an award from readers is truly the highest honour an author can receive.  I’m eternally grateful to my readers and hope that you enjoy not only my books, but many other wonderful novels, for many years to come.”




‘I feel very honoured to have received The Somerset teenage Fiction Award’.