These five children's novels will be read by ten children as part of the Prix Dimoitou / 25e Heure du livre. The vote for the one they prefer will take place Saturday, October 12, at the book fair of Le Mans.
Since 2008, the Prix Dimoitou has been honoring a writer or writer of children's books every year. This prize was created by Ouest-France with the Le Mans 25th Hour Book Fair.
The first award-winning writer was Jean-Marie Defossez for his book Pour tout l'or du monde , in 2009.
Five books are selected by a reading committee, composed of journalists from Ouest-France, among the books intended for 8-10 years published in the year. Then, a juror of ten children reads these books and votes for his favorite. This vote will take place on Saturday, October 12, at Le Mans, during the book fair.
Here are the five candidate books:
The news : Gabriel, a college student in Brittany, becomes a friend with Haya who fled his country at war. He discovers, thanks to her, a family secret (126 pages, Flammarion, 8,50 €).
The author: Cassandra O'Donnell also writes for adults. She lives in Normandy. His name is a pseudonym.
Why this book? "Children often ask me about the war in Syria. I have written a story with young refugees to make people understand what their life is, what the exodus is, how it feels when you leave a country you love. "
Kidnapping with jam : Cesarine is deaf, Chris is very myopic and Darian is very fearful. What does not prevent them from making pranks to the old Fist ... (204 pages, Sarbacane, 10,90 €).
The author : Marie Lenne-Fouquet, 35 years old, is a specialized teacher for children in difficulty. She lives in the countryside.
Why this book? : "I wanted to show that being deaf is not really a problem. I like to mix generations to show that children are not just angels and that grandparents are not just old people. "
The tiny bookstore : Augustine hates his mother's books and bookstore. But when the stories come to life, the boy sees things in a different light (158 pages, Gulf Stream, € 7.50).
The author : Adeline Ruel is 41 years old and lives in Burgundy, near Beaune. She is also illustrator.
Why this book? : "I love bookstores. I live surrounded by books. The subject of this novel (my first) is born from the title, which I had in mind from the beginning. And the story of witches comes from my passion for fantasy, since childhood. "
The astonishing adventures of the marvelous tiny Benjamin Berlin: Benjamin is telepathic, and it sometimes plays tricks on him. But in Japan, where he moved in with his family, he learned to understand this gift (272 pages, Actes Sud, 14 €).
The author : Julien Dufresne-Lamy, 32, was a professor of letters. He started writing in a TV series blog.
Why this book? : "I have a special affection for weird people. I think it's important to give them a voice. And thanks to my hero who is ambassador's son, I can explain the culture of another country. "
The curse of sea snakes : female pirates, it's not common! This book has two, including the young Nel who has great power without knowing (355 pages, Auzou, € 12.95).
The author: Sigrid Renaud wrote his first book at 10 years. Born in Caen, she lives in Belgium where she is a librarian.
Why this book? : "I promised a friend, at age 13, to write about pirates. I've done a lot of research on ships and naval battles because my world is usually about fantasy, vickings, the Middle Ages. "
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