A LITTLE SECRET - The Book Awards 2019 category winner.


I am very excited to announce that the team here at Badger Learning have won the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards – Rapid Reads category. This award is for the best quick read book for young people aged 11-16.


A Little Secret, written by Ann Evans and James Lawrence took home the award. This book is part of our bestselling series, Papercuts, an eerie series of short reads for teenagers.


We are so proud to have won this along with Ann and James as we were up against some huge titles and even bigger publishers. It’s particularly gratifying as this award is a vote by young people in Coventry who are reading these books and voting for their favourites in weekly elimination rounds. See the shortlist and results below:


A Little Secret

By Ann Evans (Author), James Lawrence (Illustrator)

Badger Publishing - The Book Awards 2019 category winner.


Long Way Down

by Jason Reynolds (Author), Chris Priestley (Illustrator)

Faber & Faber - runner-up.


by Sarah Crossan (Author)
Bloomsbury -  runner-up.


Illegal: A graphic novel telling one boy's epic journey to Europe

by Eoin Colfer  (Author), Andrew Donkin  (Author), Giovanni Rigano (Illustrator)

Hodder Children's Books


The Last Days of Archie Maxwell

by Annabel Pitcher (Author)

Barrington Stoke



by Mary Hoffman (Author)

Barrington Stoke


Worry Angels

by Sita Brahmachari (Author), Jane Ray (Illustrator)

Barrington Stoke


A Grave Matter by Juno Dawson and Alex T Smith

Barrington Stoke



A few words from our very talented author and artist...


Ann Evans

“I was really excited to just be short listed in the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards – but then to win, is amazing!


It’s great to know that school children are reading your book and comparing it with other books – and then voting for it!


Every week I’ve been nervously looking at the results, and each week a different book had been eliminated. Getting down to the final three was really exciting. And then to see that A Little Secret had come top was just brilliant!


I’d like to thank everyone who voted for it, and a big thank you to James Lawrence for the awesome illustrations. And Badger Learning of course for publishing the book.”


James Lawrence

“Super pleased to have contributed to this book and honoured to have it be chosen as one of the winners! Many thanks to Ann and Danny (Publisher/ Senior Editor) for crafting such a compelling text to work with!”


We are part of the Pictures Mean Business movement and take pride in making sure our artists are credited for everything they do. #PicturesMeanBusiness


I would also like to thank the designer team from Bigtop Design and our copyeditor, Cheryl Lanyon.


Finally we would like to say a huge thank you to those of you that voted for A Little Secret. Another Badger award winner!

Danny Pearson (Publisher/ Senior Editor)