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Four Titles Nominated For Yoto Carnegies

7 November 2022

The Yoto Carnegies are the UK's longest running and best-loved children's book awards, recognising outstanding reading experiences. We're pleased to see the below four Ulverscroft releases have been nominated.

The Blackthorn Branch by Elen Caldecott
Published in CDMP3 CD audiobook and uLibrary eAudiobook in June 2022.
Cassie's older brother Byron has fallen in with the wrong crowd; boys who are wild, reckless, and not even human at all. They are 'tylwyth teg' - Fair Folk - who tempt humans down into the dark places of the world. And Byron is tempted. When he goes missing, Cassie and her cousin Sian follow his trail into Annwn, the underworld. Here they find that the tylwyth teg are restless - and angry. Their leader Gwenhidw wants to protect Annwn from the damage humans are doing to the world, and Byron is part of her plan. Can Cassie rescue him before it's too late?

The Song That Sings Us by Nicola Davies
Published in CDMP3 CD audiobook and uLibrary eAudiobook in January 2022.
When animals speak, it's time humans listened...
Harlon has been raised to protect her younger siblings, twins Ash and Xeno, both Listeners - those who can hear what's inside animals' heads, and even plant thoughts in their minds. When their home is attacked by the Automators, who aim to stamp out all Listeners, the children must flee for their lives.
In a thrilling and dangerous adventure, they must journey alone across Rumyc to try to rescue each other - and fulfil the promise made to their mother that they will find the island lost in the deepest part of the ocean...

The Song That Sings Us by Nicola Davies
Published in CDMP3 CD audiobook and uLibrary eAudiobook in June 2022.
When animals speak, it's time humans listened...
Harlon has been raised to protect her younger siblings, twins Ash and Xeno, both Listeners - those who can hear what's inside animals' heads, and even plant thoughts in their minds. When their home is attacked by the Automators, who aim to stamp out all Listeners, the children must flee for their lives.
In a thrilling and dangerous adventure, they must journey alone across Rumyc to try to rescue each other - and fulfil the promise made to their mother that they will find the island lost in the deepest part of the ocean...

Her Dark Wings by Melinda Salisbury
Published in CDMP3 CD audiobook and uLibrary eAudiobook in August 2022.
Teenagers Corey Alloway and Bree Dovemuir are best friends. They live on an island where people still pray to ancient Greek gods, and the Underworld is rumoured to be visible from the top of a certain hill. They're closer than sisters - until Bree betrays Corey, and steals her boyfriend Ali. Corey is consumed by hatred. She goes so far as to vehemently wish Bree dead. At the annual Thesmophoria Festival, Corey kisses a stranger, a boy with golden lips, to show Bree and Ali she's over them both. And later that night, Bree is found floating in the lake - dead...

Nisha's War by Dan Smith
Published in CDMP3 CD audiobook and uLibrary eAudiobook in March 2022.
1942. Nisha's Malayan home has been destroyed by war. She and her mother Amma flee to her father's ancestral house in England, perched on a cliff top on the cold Northern coast. When Amma falls gravely ill, Nisha is left to face her formidable grandmother alone. The old woman's rules are countless, including forbidding Nisha to climb the Weeping Tree - a claw of leafless, twisted branches jutting upwards from the crag. But when a ghost child beckons Nisha to sit under its boughs, and promises her Amma's life in return for three truths, the tree's pull proves irresistible...

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