The shortlisted titles are not listed in order of merit:
1. The Mudskipper by Ovidia Yu Tsin-Yuen
2. Kingfisher by Chee Siew Hoong
3. The Last Hero of Orion by Farooq Jamil Alvi
4. Kam’s Schoolfish Rolls by Sue Flotow
5. Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami
6. The Kumquat Code by Yat-Yee Chong
7. The Zone by Kate Whitehead
8. The Girl Mechanic Of Wanzhou by Marjorie Sayer
9. These Enchanted Woods by Margaret Lim Hui Lian
10. Backyard Banzai Chicken Warriors by Kimi Takazawa
The Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) is presented annually to recognise Asians and writers of Asian origin who are taking the experiences of life, spirit and thinking in different parts of Asia to the rest of the continent and to the world at large. The award would also promote the understanding of the Asian experience and its expression in innovative and creative forms.
The objectives of the award are to recognise excellence in fiction with Asian stories for children, to showcase the diversity of literary talent within Asia, and to encourage and inspire more Asian books.
The Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) will be awarded to an unpublished manuscript in English (either an original work of fiction or a translation from any work of fiction written in any Asian language) targeted at children of ages 6 to 12 years written by writers in Asia or of Asian origin. The authors may have been previously published.
The best manuscript will also win a prize of S$10,000. The manuscript will also be considered by Scholastic Asia for publication.
A total of 144 manuscripts were submitted, out of which 10 entries are from USA, 33 entries from India, 22 from Philippines, 19 entries from Malaysia, 6 entries from Hong Kong, 48 entries from Singapore, 3 entries from Vietnam and 1 entry each from South Korea, Myanmar and Germany.
The inaugural Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) will be awarded on 27 May 2011, at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content, in Singapore.
Scholastic, founded in 1920, is the largest children’s publisher and distributor in the world.
About the NBDCS:
National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) is a non-profit umbrella body inaugurated in 1969 to promote literary arts and publishing through a variety of interesting and innovative programmes. Its current objective is to establish and developSingapore as the Asian centre for publishing and the literary arts.
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