Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency

Vanessa Curtis wins 2016 Young Quills Award for Historical Fiction

Many congratulations to Vanessa Curtis, who has been awarded the 2016 Young Quills Award for Historical Fiction (secondary age readers category) for her novel THE EARTH IS SINGING (Usborne, 2015)

The Young Quills awards are for historical fiction produced by adult authors for young readers, and are presented each year by the Historical Association. They recognise the best historical fiction for young and youth readers released in the previous year. The shortlists for each of the categories were created by young readers contributing their own reviews of the books submitted for the year. The final decision of the winners is selected by an adult judging panel who are interested in the historical accuracy and presentation as well as by the engaging narrative and the strength of the fictional representation of history.

Vanessa Curtis said: “I am really thrilled to win this award for The Earth is Singing. It’s a novel which was inspired by my own family history and as such, means a great deal to me.”

Rebecca Sullivan, CEA of the Historical Association, said: “The winners this year continue to prove the outstanding quality of literature that is available to young readers. These books also show how important fiction is for helping young people to engage with the past and draw ideas and an understanding from it.”