SF’s first book, Varjak Paw, won the Smarties Prize for Children’s Literature. The sequel, The Outlaw Varjak Paw, won the Blue Peter Book Of The Year. His latest book, Phoenix (illustrated by Dave McKean), represents the UK on the IBBY International Honour Book List, as well as being shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award and nominated for both the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals.
He has judged the Whitbread Book Awards (now the Costa Book Awards) and the inaugural Amnesty CILIP Honour. SF has given talks at the British Library, the British Film Institute, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, and on BBC Radio 4. He has written extensively about children’s and young adult fiction for both the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian. This year SF launched a campaign called #CoverKidsBooks, aimed at increasing the media coverage given to books for young people.
Phoenix: Lucky thinks he’s an ordinary Human boy. But one night, he dreams that the stars are singing to him, and wakes to find an uncontrollable power rising inside him. Now he’s on the run, racing through space, searching for answers. In a galaxy at war, where Humans and Aliens are deadly enemies, the only people who can help him are an Alien starship crew – and an Alien warrior girl, with neon needles in her hair.
Varjak Paw (sequel The Outlaw Varjak Paw): Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue kitten. He lives high up in an old house on a hill. He’s never left home, but then his grandfather tells him about the Way: a secret martial art for cats. Now Varjak must use the Way to survive in a city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs and, strangest of all the mysterious Vanishings.