A first novel is always exciting, and the unicorn was kicking up his heels in joy twelve years ago when “Song Quest” first got published in hardback by Element Books. Here’s the original 1999 cover.
The following summer, Song Quest won the very first Branford Boase Award, awarded to the best debut novel for children published that year, and shared between the author and her editor. Here’s my author and Song Quest's editor Barry Cunningham joyfully kicking up their heels at the award party in London. (Obviously, Katherine is the one with the flowers, and my nose is just off the right of the picture, chewing a tasty lily...)
And here’s the award itself, a hand-crafted wooden box in the shape of a miniature book with a silver butterfly inlaid in the lid, which opens to reveal a silver plaque.
Shortly after that, Element Books got into trouble with the bank, so Barry Cunningham set up The Chicken House to rescue "Song Quest" (and me) from the pulping machine and oblivion. Here’s the Chicken House cover for the book, published in 2001:
Song Quest eventually went out of print with the Chicken House, but thanks to a tireless campaign by the lovely Becky Scott over at The Bookette, it has been rescued by Catnip Books, who are bringing Katherine's award-winning book back in a lovely new edition next February to accompany her new Pendragon Legacy series about King Arthur’s daughter.
AND YOU CAN VOTE FOR THE NEW COVER!
Now for the really exciting bit. Catnip have designed a beautiful new cover for Song Quest, which Katherine and her editor love, but now we need your help to choose the colours!
There are two choices, gold or black...
|Song Quest - Gold|
|Song Quest - Black|