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Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards

Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards

Looking for your next read? Try one of these books nominated for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book prize!

From mischief-making pigeons to the latest adventures of Claude and Sir Bobblysock, check out these books in the Fiction 5-9 category…


Violet and the Hidden Treasure by Harriet Whitehorn & Becka Moor

Meet Violet Remy-Robinson, an amateur Sherlock Holmes in the making…

Violet has spent her holidays exploring India with Godmother Celeste, including visiting Celeste’s good friend the Maharajah and meeting his very special cockatoo. But when she returns home, Violet gets a surprise visit from the Maharajah’s butler, asking her to look after the bird.

Violet couldn’t be more amazed (and her cat Pudding couldn’t be less pleased…), but the cockatoo holds the key to the Maharajah’s fortune, and someone is trying to bird-nap her! Can Violet discover who the culprit is before they succeed?

Dona Morgana Pendragon said: I really love this book because the author is so fun and bubbly with her writing.

Dave Pigeon by Swapna Haddow & Sheena Dempsey

If you’re a cat and you’ve learnt Pigeonese… (HA HA HA! As if a cat would be smart enough to learn Pigeonese). This must mean if you are a cat and you are able to read this, you have taken a pigeon hostage so that you can trick them into translating the Pigeonese words into Meow.

I demand you release the hostage pigeon now. My book contains TOP SECRET ideas that are NONE of a cat’s business.

Dave Pigeon is writing a book on how he defeated Mean Cat in order to help fellow pigeons everywhere. Cats beware!

Major Arthur Custard said: This book is so funny. I couldn’t stop laughing at the pigeons. The pictures are really brilliant and I like it when Mean Cat is catapulted into the air.

Claude: Going For Gold by Alex T. Smith

When Claude and Sir Bobblysock discover a Very Exciting Sports Competition at their local sports centre, they are very excited. They are even more excited when they are asked to take part.

But Claude’s doggy paddle isn’t fast enough, and he’s not quite as good at gymnastics as he thought he might be. Then some robbers steal the Gold Cup and Claude chases them – can he run fast enough to catch them?

General Phoenix Paperclip said: i really liked this book because it is very funny and i do like it when there is a happy ending


Have you read any of the books on the shortlist? Write a review and tell everyone what you thought!

Check out Part 1 to find out which books are nominated for the Fiction +9 prize

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