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Mysterium 1: The Black Dragon wins the Upper Category Award at the Rotherham Children’s Book Awards.

It was a surprise and joy to drive home from a sunny Rotherham with my first award in the bag. The shortlists were all genuinely strong and contained wonderful books - any of which deserved to win…

The morning itself at Rotherham United’s New York Stadium was already rewarding enough. A succession of motivated and interested students visited each author table and provided that thing that all authors value: the proof that someone is reading - and enjoying! - your writing. Even though one or two schools whispered to me that they had voted for Mysterium, I was still astonished when the announcement was made.

Thanks again to everyone in Rotherham who helped to organise and run the day and to everyone who read and voted - for any of the books.

And thanks also to fellow nominees in YA and Upper categories Lucy Adlington, Teri Terry and Catherine Johnson whose company also helped to make the day most enjoyable…

© Julian Sedgwick 2019