I have some amazing news! The reading charity BookTrust has put together a list of the 100 best children's books of the past 100 years – and Varjak Paw is on the list!
It's such an honour to see it included as part of a fantastic selection that combines established classics with newer, more contemporary books. Have a look around the list in full – it includes some of my own favourite books of all time, like Philip Pullman's Northern Lights, Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses, Ursula Le Guin's A Wizard Of Earthsea, Alan Garner's The Owl Service, Jamila Gavin's The Wheel Of Surya, Andy Stanton's Mr Gum, and many many more!
I think there's something for everyone here. The selection is divided into four age groups: 0-5, 6-8, 9-11, and 12-14. Varjak appears in the Best Books for 9-11 list.
Huge thanks to everyone who was involved in putting this list together! I don't find writing easy – Varjak Paw took me 5 years to get right, and I'm currently 8 and a half years into work on my new book TYGER – but things like this make all the hard work worthwhile!