Fickling’s Finest Filipino Fiction

Thank goodness for the bursts of narrow-mindedness our darling flagship Blue Peter is capable of on occasion. Now the whole country’s six-year-olds have been spared injury when they faint over the word sh*t in Andy Mulligan’s Trash. Which is anything but. Trash, that is.

And I’ll have you know I’m only inserting the * in sh*t in case any of my valued readers were to fall over as well. I like to keep my customers. Particularly this close to Christmas.

I sincerely hope this banishing from the Blue Peter shortlist will be the making of Andy. At least we are talking about him and his wonderful novel Trash. He’s news. Although he did deserve to be on that shortlist. He really did.

So, of course, do the others on it. I’m not complaining of what’s on. I’m moaning ever so slightly because the lovely BBC have yet again behaved stupidly. But then, everybody needs a hobby.

The Blue Peter Book Awards 2011 shortlist is:

Best Book with Facts:

Do Igloos Have Loos? by Mitchell Symons

How the World Works by Christiane Dorion, illustrated by Beverley Young, pop-ups designed by Andy Mansfield

What You Need To Know Now: The World in Facts, Stats, and Graphics by Joe Fullman, Ian Graham, Sally Regan and Isabel Thomas, illustrated by Sheila Collins, Mik Gates, Jim Green, Katie Knutton, Phillip Letsu and Hoa Luc

Most Fun Story with Pictures:

Alienography by Chris Riddell

Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree by Andy Stanton, illustrated by David Tazzyman

Lunatics and Luck (The Raven Mysteries) by Marcus Sedgwick, illustrated by Pete Williamson

Favourite Stories:

Dead Man’s Cove (A Laura Marlin Mystery) by Lauren St John

A Web of Air (Mortal Engines) by Philip Reeve

Tall Story by Candy Gourlay

As you see, there is at least another of Fickling’s Filipino novels on the shortlist, the also terrific Tall Story. (Tall Story on a short list?)

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5 responses to “Fickling’s Finest Filipino Fiction

  1. Oh, I had missed this. Sigh, sigh, sigh. And sigh again.

  2. What? The Filipino fiction, or the BP ‘mistake’?

  3. SPOILER WARNING (added by Bookwitch)

    I’ve read Trash, and thought it was excellent. (Should be a review coming up soon on Armadillo.) It’s a powerful story told in strong, simple language that perfectly fits its (mostly) young narrators – loved it! Was very surprised to read of Blue Peter’s decision; as far as I can tell from what I’ve read, it seems odd and badly thought through. Of course the scene in the police station was horrible. But horrible things happen, this is a book for teenagers, after all, and finally, there is a wonderful resolution at the end. What’s not to like?

    • If you look at the news story, they thought the book was good, it was shortlisted. I don’t think blue peter are saying it’s not a good book, it’s just not right for their age range. I have to say, I don’t let my child watch horror films, he’s a toddler, does that mean I’m censoring films? No, just ensuring the films he watches are suitable for his age.

  4. We weren’t talking censoring here, Ug. If anyone has guidelines they need to follow (like you and many of us have for our children) they should apply them from the start. For BP to longlist and then shortlist (including telling Andy he was on the shortlist) a book, and then suddenly discovering there was a problem and dropping the title like a hot potato, is NOT right. I don’t believe I said they said the book is bad.

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