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The CBI Bisto Award Leabhar-Ghradaim CBI Bisto's are the leading annual Children's Book Awards in Ireland. Now in their 18th year, the awards have been sponsored since their inception by Bisto (Premier Foods). The Awards are made annually by Children's Books Ireland to authors and illustrators born or resident in Ireland. The Shortlist for the 2007/2008 awards will be announced on March 26th and the winners will be announced on May 22nd 2008. The award is open to books written in Irish or English.

There are a total of five awards. CBI Bisto Book of the Year Award Prize: €10,000 prize and a perpetual trophy and framed certificate: CBI Bisto Honour Awards Prize: Three Honour (previously Merit) Awards share a prize fund of €6,000 and each prize winner receives a framed certificate. The Eilís Dillon Award (awarded to a first time writer for children) Prize: €3,000 prize, a trophy + framed certificate.

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Key Dates: Shortlist 26th March Winners May 22nd

Sioban Dowd's London Eye Mystery Wins Bisto Book of the Year

The Bisto Book of the Year Awards winners were announced a special ceremony on May 22nd in Dublin. The CBI Bisto Book of the Year Awards are presented annually in recognition of excellence in writing and illustration. The awards are administered by CBI and sponsored by Bisto (Premier Foods).

2008 Bisto Book of the Year

london_eye_coverLondon Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (right)

The detective story of brother and sister Ted and Kate’s attempt to solve the siobhan_dowdmystery of their cousin Salim’s disappearance. Enthralling at the level of story, this convincingly written narrative draws the reader in with its beautifully stylish and textured language, its clever and light use of symbolism, and its unpatronising humour so as to emphasize the importance of connecting with others in life. A traditionally structured novel, this is a sustained and fully realised thriller for young readers.

Published by David Fickling

Ellis Dillon Award

thing_with_finnThe Thing with Finn by Tom Kelly

The story of a young boy named Danny and his journey of self-discovery in the aftermath of the death of his twin-brother Finn. Cathartic and redemptive, this incredibly courageous narrative is told with such sensitivity that it manages to poignantly sustain pathos through moments of great humour. To journey through this layered narrative – in the company of a character who is sure to haunt the imagination long after the book has been read – is to recognise this unique publication as a modern classic.

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books

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Honour Awards

Black Book of SecretsThe Black Book of Secrets by FE Higgins

A work that contains the dark secrets of the inhabitants of the remote village of Pagus Parvus . Subtly reminiscent and worthy of a writer like Dickens, this strikingly original and superbly plotted tale introduces readers to two of the most memorable literary protagonists of recent times, apprentice Ludlow Fitch and pawnbroker Joe Zabbidou. Grim but not pessimistic, this is uncommon storytelling,offering a liberating but hopeful exploration of the complexities of human nature.

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books


way_back_home_jpgThe Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers
A picture book that tells the story of the relationship between a boy and a friendly Martian, who meet after the boy crash-lands on the moon while flying his aeroplane. The stylish quality of the illustration is the principal characteristic that defines this aesthetically pleasing literary artifact. Told from a child’s perspective, and developed through the structural dualism of strangeness and familiarity, the work’s deceptively simple verbal and visual texts are an enchanting celebration of the transformative power of the imagination. Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books

 

Wilderness by Roddy Doyle
A work that tells the stories of brothers Tom and Johnny, on an adventure-holiday in Finland, their wilderness_jpghalf-sister Gráinne, at home in Ireland, and their respective mothers. Poetically weaving together alternating but parallel narratives, this is a work that concerns itself with both physical and psychological journeys into wildernesses: those places and situations where one confronts desolation and truth. Categories of adult and children’s fiction aside, this is a rarity in publishing: a novel in the true sense of the word, a work that transcends itself. Published by Scholastic Children’s Books

 

Other Shortlisted Books for 2008
alchemyst_jpgThe Alchemyst by Michael Scott

A fantasy adventure narrative that follows the destiny of 15-year-old twins, Josh and Sophie Newman, who are the subjects of an ancient prophesy. Of its kind but different, this flamboyantly stylish work succeeds in weaving a mesmerizing and energetic plot around a structurally impressive mythological framework. Although intertextually complex, it is a story whose vivid descriptions of worlds and events enable the fantasy and the realism to connect. Published by Doubleday Children’s Books

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Discover Art by Jessica O'Donnell

A unique and aesthetically pleasing publication that introduces its readers to the impressive collection of art exhibited at Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane. In a clear and lively style, this well-researched work manages not only to inform its readers about modern and contemporary art history but also to present its information in a way that children will enjoy by suggesting fun activities and practical projects to fire the imagination.

Published by Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane


Gagaisiochiscioch na Beilte Uaine le Caitriona Nic Sheain agus Andrew Whitson

A retelling of an old Irish story about a warrior who, to prove himself a worthy suitor, must complete a number of trials. Although it enchantingly tells its story through a verbal text that poetically imbues the narrative with a magical atmosphere, it is the distinctive and quintessential character of the visual text that makes this picture book a beautiful work of art. This is a story that will continue to be retold as it is read and reread by both children and adults alike.

Published by An Snathaid Mhor

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The Last of the High Kings by Kate Thompson

A work of fantasy that centres on the choice Jenny, daughter of JJ Liddy, must make between a life in the world of humans and a life in the world of Tír na nÓg. Distinguished by the psychological depth of its characterization, its impressive use of dialogue, and – above all – the ease of its storytelling, this is fiction that not only explores the complexities of family life in an unsentimental and honest manner but also emphasizes the fact that fantasy, at its most accomplished, exists in a symbiotic relationship with reality.

Published by The Bodley Head



Ttitanic_jpgitanic 2020: Bk. 1 by Colin Bateman
A futuristic tale that chronicles the adventures and discoveries of stowaway Jimmy Armstrong, aboard a new, and supposedly unsinkable, Titanic. Though it convincingly develops relationships between its central characters through episodes of humour and sadness, this well-conceived narrative is characterized, chiefly, by the adventurousness of the twists and turns in its plot, the subtlety of its cultural and literary references, and the innovative nature of its storytelling. Published by Hodder Children’s Books

 

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THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS Wins 2007 CBI Bisto

JOHN BOYNE (right) for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Definitions)john_boyne

Dublin born author, John Boyne has won the CBI Bisto Book of the Year '06/'07 for his book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Mr. Boyne was presented with the newly commissioned Bisto Book of the Year Trophy and a cheque for euro10,000..

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamasis John's first book written for children tells the story of a nine year old boy struggling to understand what is happening around him in Auschwitz during World War II. The nove lhas been shortlisted for many literary awards including the British Books Awards.

This year's Eilís Dillon Award went to Siobhan Dowd, author of A Swift Pure Cry. Siobhan was presented with a specially commissioned glass sculptureand a cheque for euro3,000.

In A Swift, Pure Cry, Shellis, at once a disaffected teenager and a surrogate mother to her younger siblings finds that growing up in impoverished rural Ireland in 1984 isn't easy. An inept alcoholic father, a silver-tongued boyfriend and a well meaning but naïve priest do as much damage as good. Yet alongside the gritty misery there's redemption in this compelling, dark tale.

Three CBI Bisto Honour Awards (E2,000 & framed certificate) wesiobhán_parkinson re also presented to:

Oliver Jeffers, author and illustrator of The Incredible Book Eating Boy :

Éilís NíDhuibhne, for Hurlamaboc

Siobhán Parkinson (right) for Something Invisible.

Also shortlisted for this year's awards were Jon Berkeley for The Palace of Laughter (Circus Trilogy), Eoin Colfer for Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony, illustrator P.J.Lynch for A Christmas Carol, Colmán Ó Raghallaigh for An Táin and KateThompson for The Fourth Horseman.

An eagerly anticipated event on the Irish literary calendar, the CBI Bisto Book ofthe Year Awards are presented annually in recognition of excellence in writing and/or illustration of books for young people. The awards are administered byCBI, the national organisation for children's books and sponsored by Bisto(Premier Foods Ireland). Over the last three years the total prizefund for the awards has more than doubled, with a current total prize fund of E19,000 as compared to E7,000 in 2005.

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Other 2006-2007 Shortlisted Books

The Palace of Laughter (Circus Trilogy)

Author: Jon Berkeley (left)

Publishedby Simon and Schuster

JonBerkeley's barrel-dwelling, unwashed orphan Miles Wednesday befriendssilver-winged acrobatic Little and together they follow Circus Oscuro - he tofind his stuffed bear, Tangerine, she to find Silverpoint, a thousand-year oldangel. Theirs is a classic epic adventure that takes them to the unfunny Palaceof Laughter. Can they outwit the evil and danger that loom on all sides?

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Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony

Author: Eoin Colfer (left)

Published by Puffin

The charismatic Artemis is back with his coterie, his magic and his gadgets, in another fast hi-tech adventure. The criminal genius grapples with thetribulations of growing up, while and he and Captain Holly Short track down ademon warlock before both fairy and human worlds are destroyed.

A Christmas Carol

Illustrator: P.J.Lynch

Published by Walker Books

This unabridged edition of Charles Dickens's much-loved tale of skinflint Scrooge and the cheery Cratchit family is richly illustrated in gouache andwatercolour. Soft tones of snow vie with the play of candlelight. Lynch brings fresh perspectives to bear on familiar images and phrases and makes clever useof perspective and proportion in an edition to be treasured.

ANTÁÍN

Author: Colmán Ó Raghallaigh

Published by Cló Mhaigh Eo

This is the story of Cúchulainn, Queen Méabh and the cattle-raid in which the brown bull of Cooley was captured, and it's told in graphic novel format. It's an ancient,familiar tale of smouldering jealousy, greed and war, given a contemporarytwist with snappy dialogue, racy illustration, high colour and high drama.Every action-packed page heaves with adventure.

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The Fourth Horsemankate_thompson

Author: Kate Thompson (left)

Publishedby The Bodley Head

In this tense thriller,the anxieties of these troubled times are intensified by Laurie's personal woes. Her faith in her father is sorely tried. She struggles to come to terms with the part he plays in a scientific project that will wreak certain havoc. However, it's her independent, enquiring mind that enables her to make sense of- and prevent - a bleak and Apocalyptic future

Previous CBI Bisto Book of the Year Award Winners

2005-2006

The New Policeman

Author: Kate Thompson
Published by The Bodley Head
ISBN 037032823X

In this story a teenage boy makes the perilous crossing over into the fairy world, hoping to buy time for his hard-pressed, busy mother. Centred around the fiddle-playing and folk history of East Clare, the unfolding plot manages to raise many complex questions about the past and present but in a seemingly effortless way. Concise in style and elegant in its plotting, this deft book manages to be at once entertaining and profound.

Eilís Dillon Award

Snakes' Elbows (Red Apple)

deidre_maddenAuthor: Deirdre Madden
Published by Orchard Books
ISBN 1843626403

A witty tale of how life in the small town of Woodford is transformed by the arrival of a shy, gifted pianist, who goes head-to-head with a rascally arms trader, as both vie for a famous local painting. A wry and mocking take on contemporary culture (not least the fickleness of tabloid journalism), this book evokes a whole community with a marvellous subtlety of tone and lightness of touch. The writing is constantly distinguished and supple.

  2006 Honour Awards

LOST AND FOUND

Author & Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Published by HarperCollins
ISBN 0007150350

lost-and-found.jpgA boy finds a doleful penguin at his door and, assuming it is lost, he tries to help it find a way home... but the voyage is lonely and long. As spare in its visual outlines as it is clear in its plot-lines, this haunting narrative lingers long in the mind for its sensitive exploration of themes of longing, loss and isolation. The colours used are strong yet subtle, as is the language in which the story is told.

 

A HORSE CALLED EL DORADO

Author: Kevin Kiely
Published by O'Brien Press
ISBN 0862789079

Pepe, a Colombian boy, flees the violence of his native land, leaving behind his favourite horse, El Dorado. Alone, he makes the long trip to Ireland, birthplace of his father. In a land so strange and new to him, he discovers his love of horses. A restrained and beautiful chronicle of the collapse of communal like in Colombia and a vivid -and timely- description of how life in Ireland today might appear to the eyes of an incoming thirteen-year-old.

PENNY THE PENCIL

Author: Eileen O'Hely
Illustrator: Nicky Phelan
Mercier 1-85635-475-x

The adventures and misadventures of a pencil who proved too clever by half. Penny breaks the rules governing objects in a pencil box by helping her child-owner with a spelling test. The consequences are devastation - and very, very funny. A subversive and wonderfully sustained account of the secret lives of mundane objects told by the author with a gift for comic invention and a truly surreal imagination.

Also Shortlisted

Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception
Colfer, Eoin
Puffin 0-141-38164-7

Further adventures in this epic configuration, this story tells of the attempt by Artemis to save fairyland from the threat of extinction, brought about by a vengeful pixie who wants to expose the world of fairies to that of humans. The narrative is notable for its pace and action, interweaving an audacious imagination with technical detail in a style which is bound to excite readers.

Fancy That!
Lobel, Gillian; Geoghan, Adrienne
Frances Lincoln 1-84507-335-5

A tale of how various animals, killed with curiosity, try to predict the identity of animals about to hatch in a next of eggs. A wonderful study of self-deception, text and visuals are seamlessly linked here by depicting the animals in bright primary colours against a semi-abstract backdrop. The language complements the colour with its alliteration and word-music and the tricks and variations of typography add fun and intellectual challenge.

Under Fragile Stone
McGann, Oisín
O'Brien 0-86278-835-8

This second volume of the complex and entertaining Archison Tales tells of how two shape-changing teenagers seek to rescue their parents who are trapped under a haunted mountain. In a world filled with strange, unexpected twists and characters who can morph at will. From first to last it is marked by an awesome fertility of invention and by a richness of language

N Bríona ag Brionglóideach
í Dhonnchú, Dairíne; Murray, Maria
An Gúm 1-85791-559-3

Bríona faces the frustrations known to all sophisticated and enterprising school girls but discovers that the dull world can be completely and satisfactorily reconfigured by those who have the necessary imagination. Stark, vivid visuals match a subversive and hilarious narrative. This is an uproarious and pacy book, with appropriately zany illustrations, telling how one girl might remake her world mischievous and refreshing.

Bill and Fred?
Quinn, John
O'Brien 0-86278915-x

Two elderly ladies return from East Africa to Walburley Hall - a pile which they hope to restore to its former glory. First, they must win over the local sceptics. Their methods of money-raising (from entering snooker competitions to fixing broken cars) are unorthodox and lead to many surprises. An engaging story of how the old and young can often meet across the gap of years and a vivid reminder that the person called ‘eccentric' is often the one with the deeper-than-average understanding of what passes for ‘normal'.

The results of the sixteenth CBI Bisto Book of the Year Award were announced on, Wednesday, 31 May 2006, at a ceremony in the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre in Dublin. Kate is the first author in the history of the Awards to win the overall CBI Bisto Book of the Year award four times. Both nationally and internationally acclaimed, The New Policeman has already scooped the Whitbread Children's Book Award and the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction, as well as the Dublin Airport Authority children's book prize.  In recognition of her immense achievement in the CBI Bisto Book of the Year awards over the years, sponsors RHM Ireland Limited have decided to retire the Perpetual Trophy to Kate. RHM Ireland will commission a new trophy for next year's CBI Bisto Book of the Year.

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2004- 2005 Cbi Bisto Awards 

The CBI Bisto Book of the Year

 

Annan-Water.jpg Kate Thompson
Annan Water
Published by The Bodley Head

 

Eilís Dillon Award

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Siobhán Ní Shíthigh
Illustrator: Seán Seosamh Mac an tSíthigh
AN BHÓ RIABHACH An Gúm

The Bisto Merit Awards

Illustrators: Corrina Askin, Alan Clarke and Emma Byrne
SOMETHING BEGINNING WITH P. O'Brien Press

Oliver Jeffers (author/ Illustrator)
HOW TO CATCH A STAR HarperCollins
Niamh Sharkey
THE GODS AND THEIR MACHINES O'Brien Press

Shortlist

Ré Ó Laighléis GOIMH AGUS SCÉALTA EILE Móinín
Kate MacLachlan LOVE MY ENEMY Andersen Press
Olwyn Whelan
THE STAR CHILD Chrysalis

Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram (Illustrator)
YOU'RE ALL MY FAVOURITES Walker Books

2003 - 2004  CBI Bisto Awards

The CBI Bisto Book of the Year

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Wings Over Delft
The O'Brien Press

Eilís Dillon Award

Alan Titley Amach An Gúm

The Bisto Merit Awards

Kate Thompson Origins The Bodley Head
Anita Jeram You Can do it Sam Walker Books
Niamh Sharkey
(author/ Illustrator)
The Ravenous Beast Walker Books

Shortlist

Carlo Gebler August '44 Egmont Books Ltd
PJ Lynch
(illustrator)
The Been Man of Orn Walker Books
Mary Murphy
(author/ illustrator)
I Kissed the Baby Walker Books
Siobhan Parkinson Kathleen and the Celtic Knot Pleasant Company Publications
Mary Murphy
(author/ illulstrator)
Little Owl and the Star Walker Books

2002 - 2003 CBI Bisto Awards

The CBI Bisto Book of the Year - Joint Winners

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Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
You, Me and the Big Blue Sea
Gullane

alchemists_apprentice.jpg Kate Thompson
The Alchemist's Apprentice
The Bodley Head

 

The Bisto Merit Awards Matthew Sweeney
Colmán Ó Raghallaigh
Fox Bloomsbury

The Cartoon Saloon (illustrators) An Tóraíocht Cló Mhaigh Eo

Gerard Whelan War Children O'Brien Press
Eilís Dillon Award Grace Wells Gyrfalcon O'Brien Press
Shortlist Eoin Colfer Artemis Fowl, The Arctic Incident Puffin Books
  Malachy Doyle Who is Jesse Flood? Bloomsbury
  Siobhán Parkinson The Love Bean O'Brien Press

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The CBI Bisto Book of the Year

 
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Kate Thompson

The Beguilers

The Bodley Head

 

The Bisto Merit Awards Eoin Colfer Artemis Fowl Puffin

Carlo Gébler Caught on a Train Egmont

Colmán Ó Raghallaigh
The Cartoon Saloon (illustrators)
An Sclábhaí Cló Mhaigh Eo
Eilís Dillon Award Gillian Perdue Adam's Starling O'Brien Press
Shortlist Trevor J. Colgan The Stretford Enders Away Red Fox
  Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (author / illustrator) I'm A Tiger Too Wolfhound Press
  P.J.Lynch (illustrator) Ignis Walker Books
  Austin McQuinn
(author / illustrator)
This Will Take Forever Zero to Ten
  Martin Waddell Give it to Joe! Walker Books

2000 - 2001 CBI Bisto Awards

The CBI Bisto Book of the Year

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Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

Izzy and Skunk

Blackwater Press

 

The Bisto Merit Awards Eoin Colfer The Wish List O'Brien Press

Martina Murphy Dirt Tracks Poolbeg Press

Martin Waddell The Orchard Book of Ghostly Stories Orchard Press
Eilís Dillon Award Patrick Deeley The Lost Orchard O'Brien Press
Shortlist Malachy Doyle
Niamh Sharkey (illustrator)
Tales from Old Ireland Barefoot Books
  Jim Halligan and John Newman
Fowl Deeds Wolfhound Press
  Adrienne Kennaway (illustrator) This is the Tree Frances Lincoln
  Michael Mullen An Bóthar Fada Coiscéim
  Siobhán Parkinson Call of the Whales O'Brien Press

1999 - 2000 CBI Bisto Awards

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The CBI Bisto Book of the Year

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Marilyn Taylor

Faraway Home
O'Brien Press

 

The Bisto Merit Awards Mary Arrigan Siúloid Bhreá An Gúm

Marilyn McLaughlin Fierce Milly Mammoth/Egmont

Mark O'Sullivan Silent Stones Wolfhound Press
Eilís Dillon Award Marilyn McLaughlin Fierce Milly Mammoth/Egmont
Shortlist Eoin Colfer Benny and Babe O'Brien Press
  Louise Lawrence The Crowlings Collins
  Larry O'Loughlin Is Anybody Listening? Wolfhound Press
  Gabriel Rosenstock
Piet Sluis (illustrator)
Paidín Mháire Mhuigín An Gúm
  Niamh Sharkey Jack and the Beanstalk Barefoot Books
  Bill Wall The Boy Who Met Hitler Mercier Press
  Gerard Whelan Out of Nowhere O'Brien Press

1998 - 1999 CBI Bisto Awards

The CBI Bisto Book of the Year

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Niamh Sharkey

Tales of Wisdom and Wonder

Barefoot Books

 

The Bisto Merit Awards Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick The Long March Wolfhound Press

Siobhán Parkinson The Moon King O'Brien Press

Gabriel Rosenstock
Piet Sluis (illustrator)
An Rógaire agus a Scáil An Gúm
Eilís Dillon Award Caitríona Hastings Dea-Scéala Cló Iar-Chonnachta
Shortlist Pat Boran
Stewart Curry (illustrator)
All the Way from China Poolbeg Press
  Sam McBratney Bert's Wonderful News Walker Books
  Tom McCaughren Ride a Pale Horse Anvil Press
  Mary Murphy Please Be Quiet Methuen
  Niamh Sharkey (illustrator) The Gigantic Turnip Barefoot Books

1997 - 1998 CBi Bisto Awards

The CBI Bisto Book of the Year

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Gerard Whelan

Dream Invader

O'Brien Press

 

The Bisto Merit Awards Soinbhe Lally The Hungry Wind Poolbeg Press

P.J. Lynch When Jessie Came across the Sea Poolbeg Press

Siobhán Parkinson Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (maybe) O'Brien Press
Eilís Dillon Award Ed Miliano It's a Jungle Out There Wolfhound Press
Shortlist Mairéad Ashe FitzGerald
Stephen Hall (illustrator)
The World of Colmcille, also known as Columba O'Brien Press
  Dan Kissane
Angela Clarke (illustrator)
Jimmy's Leprechaun Trap O'Brien Press
  Dan Kissane
Angela Clarke (illustrator)
The Eagle Tree O'Brien Press
  Larry O'Loughlin
John Leonard (illustrator)
The Gobán Saor Blackwater Press
  Mark O'Sullivan Angels Without Wings Wolfhound Press
  Mark O'Sullivan White Lies Wolfhound Press

1996 - 1997 CBI Bisto Awards

The CBI Bisto Book of the Year

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Siobhán Parkinson

Sisters ... No Way !

O'Brien Press

 

The Bisto Merit Awards Cliodhna Cussen and Cormac Ó Snodaigh An Eala Dubh Coiscéim

Maeve Friel The Lantern Moon Poolbeg Press

Gerard Whelan The Guns of Easter O'Brien Press
Eilís Dillon Award Gerard Whelan The Guns of Easter O'Brien Press
Shortlist Dan Kissane
Aileen Johnston (illustrator)
The Eagle Tree O'Brien Press
  P.J. Lynch (illustrator) The King of Ireland's Son Poolbeg Press
  Ré Ó Laighléis Gafa Comhar
  Colmán Ó Raghallaigh Drochlá Ruairí Cló Mhaigh Eo
  Colmán Ó Raghallaigh Róisín ar Strae An Gúm
  Mark O'Sullivan More than a Match Wolfhound Press

1995 - 1996 CBI Bisto Awards

The CBI Bisto Book of the Year

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P.J. Lynch

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

Poolbeg Press

 

The Bisto Merit Awards Mary Beckett Hannah or Pink Balloons Marino Books

Ré Ó Laighléis Sceoin sa Bhoireann Cló Iar-Chonnachta

Frank Murphy Lockie and Dadge O'Brien Press
Eilís Dillon Award Frank Murphy Lockie and Dadge O'Brien Press
Shortlist Marita Conlon McKenna Safe Harbour O'Brien Press
  Benedict Kiely The Trout in the Turnhole Wolfhound Press
  Paul Muldoon The Last Thesaurus Faber and Faber
  Siobhán Parkinson All Shining in the Spring O'Brien Press
  Gabriel Rosenstock
Piet Sluis (illustrator)
Naomh Pádraig agus Crom Dubh An Gúm
  Martin Waddell John Joe and the Big Hen An Gúm

1994 - 1995 CBI Bisto Awards

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In 1994 the Eilís Dillon Award was established for an author or illustrator of an outstanding first book.

The CBI Bisto Book of the Year

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Elizabeth O'Hara

Blaeberry Sunday

Poolbeg Press

 

The Bisto Merit Awards Rose Doyle Goodbye Summer, Goodbye Attic Press

P.J. Lynch Catkin Poolbeg Press

Ré Ó Laighléis Ecstasy agus Scéalta Eile Cló Iar-Chonnachta
Eilís Dillon Award Mark O'Sullivan Melody for Nora Wolfhound Press
Shortlist Maeve Friel Distant Voices Poolbeg Press
  Tom McCaughren In Search of the Liberty Tree Children's Press
  Kate Thompson Switchers Aran

1993 - 1994 CBI Bisto Awards

In 1993 the Bisto Merit Awards replaced the category awards.

The Bisto Book of the Year

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Jane Mitchell

When Stars Stop Spinning

Poolbeg Press

 

The Bisto Merit Awards Sam McBratney The Chieftain's Daughter O'Brien Press

Elizabeth O'Hara The Hiring Fair Poolbeg Press

Máirín Johnston The Pony Express Attic Press
Shortlist Mary Arrigan Lá le Mamo An Gúm

Siobhán Parkinson Amelia O'Brien Press

Maria Quirk-Walshe Searching for a Friend Attic Press

1992 - 1993 CBI Bisto Awards

The Bisto Book of the Year

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Marita Conlon-McKenna

The Blue Horse

O'Brien Press

 

Information Book Mairin Uí Chomain
Deiri and Bébhinn Ó Meadhra (illustrators)
Tamall sa Chistin An Gúm
Teenage Fiction Sam McBratney Put a Saddle on the Pig Methuen
Historical Fiction Morgan Llywelyn Strongbow O'Brien Press
Shortlist June Considine View from a Blind Bridge Poolbeg Press

Margrit Cruickshank A Monster called Charlie Poolbeg Press

Maeve Friel The Deerstone Poolbeg Press

Mairéad Ní Nuadháin Cois Trá An Gúm

1991 - 1992 CBI Bisto Awards

The Bisto Book of the Year

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John Quinn

The Summer of Lily and Esme

Poolbeg Press

 

Historical Fiction Marita Conlon-McKenna Wildflower Girl O'Brien Press
Picture Book Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick The Sleeping Giant Brandon Books
First Children's Novel Yvonne MacGrory The Secret of the Ruby Ring Children's Press

No shortlist was complied in 1991

1990 - 1991 CBI Bisto Awards

The Bisto Book of the Year

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Eilís Dillon

The Island of Ghosts

Faber and Faber

 

Best Emerging Author Morgan Llywelyn Brian Boru O'Brien Press
Book for Young Readers Martin Waddell Grandma's Bill Simon and Schuster
Illustration P.J. Lynch Fairy Tales of Ireland Collins
Shortlist Marita Conlon-McKenna Under the Hawthorn Tree O'Brien Press

Don Conroy The Celestial Child Kildanore

Michael Mullins The Long March Poolbeg Press

Eilís Ní Dhuibhne The Uncommon Cormorant Poolbeg Press

Joan O'Neill The Daisy Chain War Attic Press

Finola Sumner Double the Boys Poolbeg Press

 

CBI Bisto Book of the Decade Award 1980 - 1990

Fiction Category

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Run with the Wind; Run to Earth; Run Swift, Run Free

Tom McCaughren, Jeanette Dunne (illustrator)

Wolfhound Press

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