"Annabel Pitcher was named a "genuine literary star" last night (Thursday 21st March) as she won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize for Ketchup Clouds, published by Indigo.
Pitcher was declared winner at a ceremony at Waterstones Piccadilly, having also been crowned champion in the teen category.
Ketchup Clouds sees its teenage protagonist reveal a terrible secret through a sequence of letters to a condemned murderer in a Texan jail. Waterstones m.d. James Daunt said: "Ketchup Clouds is an extraordinarily compelling read. It is an original and daring piece of writing, quite different to the fantastic and the futuristic that characterises so much of teenage fiction writing today. It deserves great success.""
I’ve lifted the above from The Bookseller’s press release because newbooks readers know of Annabel already, having received a free copy of her debut – My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece. What they don’t know is that we are interviewing Annabel for our July/August issue when Ketchup Clouds will be one of our featured books. Howzat!