Excelsior Award White 2020

2020 Shortlist

The books on the Excelsior Award White shortlst have been designated as suitable for children aged 9+ (or Key Stage 2 in schools)

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When Clyde the bear decides to ditch his safe and peaceful life in Cubville and head off for the mean streets of Grizzly City, he learns, with the help of a reformed juvenile delinquent butterfly, the Bad Life isn't always so great, and there's something to be said for helping your friends and family even though that really does kind of stink a little.


Writer: Jim Benton

Artist: Jim Benton

Published by IDW Publishing

ISBN-13: 978-1684054473

Evil Emperor Penguin has a plan (another one! He's a very persistent penguin). A plan to TAKE OVER THE WORLD! Nothing will stand in the way of his genius. Nothing... except for his arch-nemesis: EVIL CAT! Evil Cat is also plotting world domination and he's not going to let Evil Emperor Penguin get there first. It's Evil Genius vs Evil Genius, as Evil Emperor Penguin (Almost) Takes Over the World!


Writer: Laura Ellen Anderson

Artist: Laura Ellen Anderson

Published by David Fickling Books

ISBN-13: 978-1788450911

When Kirk, Spock, and the entire crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise investigate problems at a remote mine, they’re met with an explosive battle between powerful warriors who change into vehicles from the 20th century! As the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons rages, it’s up to Kirk to decide - does he violate the Prime Directive and interfere in a war that’s raged for millenia? And how will the Klingons complicate the issue? It’s cartoony fun between two of the most popular science fiction franchises in the world!


Writer: John Barber & Mike Johnson

Artist: Jack Lawrence

Published by IDW Publishing

ISBN-13: 978-1684054367

It’s every adventurer for themselves in the Ruinlands! Join Pogo and Rex as they set out on a quest to hunt for valuable artifacts and magical weapons across the land. Along with plenty of not-always faithful companions, our heroes must battle dangerous tribes of Toadies, survive giant Stone Golems, and stop a catastrophic world-ending disaster, all while evading a cunning gang of thieves trying to win a race to the biggest treasure of all time. 


Writer: Derek Laufman

Artist: Derek Laufman

Published by Boom! Studios

ISBN-13: 978-1684153633

Claire: Justice Ninja is out to stop injustices all across the neighbourhood! With her trusty assistant Nigel, she's out to right wrongs, big and small.


Writer: Joe Brady

Artist: Kate Ashwin

Published by David Fickling Books

ISBN-13: 978-1788451000

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