The shortlisted books for the Portsmouth Book Award 2014 (longer novel) were announced yesterday and I'm thrilled to finally be able to share with you that 'Everything Is Fine (And Other Lies I Tell Myself) is one of them. Well done Esther, Molly 'Funbags', Gull, Byron, Bruised Boy and all the other beach bums! Not forgetting Freddie and Dot, of course.
The four other shortlisted books look totally awesome.
The judges of the award are 146 Year 8/9 pupils in Portsmouth who've now got a lot of reading to do! They alone (not teachers, librarians or parents) will be permitted to vote for the winner, which I think is brilliant. After all, these books weren't written for teachers, librarians and parents, were they?
Happy reading Portsmouth!