Vote for us in the Irish Book Awards!

Little Island has been shortlisted FOUR times (hurray!) in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards:

  • A Dangerous Crossing by Jane Mitchell shortlisted in the children’s (senior) category
  • Star by Star by Sheena Wilkinson shortlisted in the children’s (senior) category
  • Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan shortlisted in the YA category
  • Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan shortlisted for best Irish-published book

The shortlists for these awards are drawn up by a panel of booky people, but the awards themselves are by public acclaim. We know you are all acclaiming like mad, but all this lovely acclaim has to be channelled into actual votes, so if you love these books, please do go online ( and vote.

It’s great to see two terrific Little Island books in the older children’s category – but since two of our books are up against each other, it’s even more important for ALL of Little Island’s friends to get out there and vote for one or other of these truly super books.

A Dangerous Crossing brings readers on a heart-stopping flight from bombs and devastation in Syria, over borders and seas, through adversity and hatred and loss but also kindness and adventure and solidarity, to the uncertain shores of Europe.




Star by Star is set a hundred years ago, as war shudders to an end, the world is devastated by a killer flu pandemic, and women in these islands go to the polls for the first time to elect members of parliament – a glorious victory for suffragettes, who had campaigned and fought long and hard for this recognition of women as citizens with voices as valid as those of men.


Star by Star Sheena Wilkinson

Tangleweed and Brine is a collection of (wouldn’t you know it – thirteen) dark, unsettling, feminist interpretations of the ancient fairy tales of Europe. Fairy tales were never intended for children, and these re-makings of primaeval stories are strictly for young (and older) adults. Fantastic pen-and-ink illustrations and a truly gorgeous cover make this hardback a book to treasure for ever.


Tangleweed and Brine


Don’t forget to vote for Tangleweed and Brine in both categories where it is shortlisted: Irish-published Book of the Year (where it is up against a range of adult books) and Dept 51 @ Eason Teen & YA Book of the Year.

We won’t ask you to ‘vote often’ (though in fact you can vote once for each email address you have) but we do entreat you to ‘vote soon’, because the polls close on 23 November (Thanksgiving, as it happens).

And it is dead easy. Once you go to, you’ll see a nice big clear Vote Here button.




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