How We Made: A Kind of Spark

Posted on 1st July 2021 by Mark Skinner

The inside story of the winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.


With perfect timing, our episode telling the inside story of A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll arrives just as we announce that it has been chosen as the overall winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2021. We speak to those involved about the serendipity of how it came to be published, why it's important to get the right people in the room when it comes to publishing and why this book is not just important but also one of the best books for children of the last decade.

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When Addie decides to memorialise the victims of the historic witch trials that took place in her hometown, she hopes to change the way her neighbours see her, in this beautifully judged and compassionate novel.
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