Catz Alumna wins Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2014

Catz Alumna wins Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2014

Catz alumna, Katherine Rundell (2005, English Language and Literature), has won the 2014 Waterstones Children's Book Prize with her children’s novel Rooftoppers. Now in its tenth year, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize champions new and emerging talent in children's writing. It is voted for solely by booksellers.

Commenting on Katherine's novel, Children's New Titles Buyer for Waterstones, Melissa Cox, said: 'Katherine Rundell's Rooftoppers is a hugely deserving winner of the 10th Children's Book Prize: it already feels like a classic. Her lyrical writing style is immediately charming, effortlessly taking the reader on magical flights of fancy over the English Channel and up onto the rooftops of Paris.'

Earlier in the 2014, Katherine won the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story with Rooftoppers. She received her award, along with her Blue Peter badge, on a special episode of Blue Peter. The winners were announced on World Book Day which took place on 6 March 2014. Over 400 children from 10 schools across the UK voted to decide the winners of each category, with the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Book with Facts going to Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders: World War II.

On winning the Blue Peter Book Award, Katherine said: ‘I am so wildly delighted and grateful: to win a prize that is voted for by the people for whom you wrote the book is the most spectacular feeling. And I am thrilled to get a Blue Peter badge at last! I spent most of my childhood loitering hopefully near rivers, waiting for someone to fall in and need rescuing so that I could get a badge – and now I don't even have to get wet. Thank you!’

Katherine’s critically acclaimed second novel, Rooftoppers, was inspired by summers working in Paris and by night-time trespassing on the rooftops of All Souls College. She is currently working on her doctorate alongside another novel.