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Book with story of Greta Thunberg up for Blue Peter children’s book prize

The 2020 Blue Peter Book Awards shortlist has been announced.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg is one of the subjects in the book. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)
Climate activist Greta Thunberg is one of the subjects in the book. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

By Craig Simpson, PA

A book detailing the environmental efforts of Greta Thunberg has been shortlisted for a Blue Peter children’s book prize.

The teenage climate activist is among the collected tales of inspirational children gathered in Rise Up: Ordinary Kids With Extraordinary Stories.

It is among the shortlisted titles for the 2020 Blue Peter Book Awards in the “best book with facts” category.

Other shortlisted works cover poison frogs, the work of astronauts, stories about a magical guilds, student election, and the isolation of a young boy and a war-weary soldier.

Amanda Li, author of Rise Up, said: “I’m over the moon that Rise Up is on the shortlist for the Blue Peter Book Award.

“I grew up with Blue Peter and never missed an episode. 

“I loved writing this book as it gave me the chance to find out all about the lives of some amazing young people.

“All of them are working in their own ways, big and small, to improve their lives or make the world better.”

Blue Peter editor Ellen Evans added: “The story books make you feel empathy, feel empowered and fire your imagination.

“All the books celebrate the achievements of amazing kids and will inspire young people to think about who they might want to be in life, these are ideas that have been at the heart of Blue Peter for the last 60 years.”

The awards are run with the Book Trust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity.

The winner will be announced on March 5 2020, on CBBC.

Books shortlisted are:

Best book with facts:

Fanatical About Frogs by Owen Davey

How To Be An Astronaut And Other Space Jobs by Dr Sheila Kanini and Sol Linero

Rise Up: Ordinary Kids With Extraordinary Stories by Amanda Li and Amy Blackwell

Best story:

Owen And The Soldier by Lisa Thompson and Mike Lowery

Vote For Effie by Laura Wood

Wildspark by Vashti Hardy

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