THE UNADOPTABLES and STRANGER shortlisted for the Italian Andersen Prize

THE UNADOPTABLES and STRANGER shortlisted for the Italian Andersen Prize

6th May, 2021

We are proud to announce that THE UNADOPTABLES by Hana Tooke (GLI INADOTTABILI published by Rizzoli, 2021) and STRANGER (published by Giunti, 2020) by Keren David have both been shortlisted for the Andersen Prize in the age 12 years plus and 15 years plus categories, respectively.

The Andersen prize is an Italian Children’s literary prize. Unlike other prizes, the selection of the Andersen Prize does not take place through nomination, but is specially selected by the editorial staff of the monthly Andersen magazine. Prize winners will be announced on Friday 25th June.

We wish all the very best to Hana and Keren, as well as the other authors within their categories!


The Unadoptables (Puffin Books 2020)

The remarkable. The extraordinary. The brave.

Way back in the autumn of 1880, five babies are discovered at the Little Tulip Orphanage in most unusual circumstances. Those babies are Lotta, Egbert, Fenna, Sem and Milou.
The vile matron calls the children ‘the unadoptables’ but this talented gang of best friends know that their individuality is what makes them so special – and so determined to stay together.
When a sinister gentleman tries to get them in his clutches, the children make a daring escape across the frozen canals of Amsterdam, embarking on an adventure packed with pirate ships and puppets. But is their real home – and their real family – already closer than they realize?


Stranger (Atom Books, 2018)

Astor, Ontario. 1904.
A boy staggers out of the forest covered in blood and collapses at the feet of 16-year-old Emmy. While others are suspicious and afraid, Emmy is drawn to him. Is he really the monster the townsfolk say he is?

Astor, Ontario. 1994. 
Megan arrives from London for her great grandmother Emmy’s 105th birthday. It should be a happy family occasion, but Megan is nursing a broken heart and carrying a secret she fears might consume her.

One family. Two women. A century of secrets. A timeless love story.