Sunday, March 18, 2012

Half Brother nominated for UKLA award

The UK Literary Association has included Half Brother in its 2012 shortlist for best children's book for twelve to sixteen year-olds. I'm delighted to be in the company of celebrated UK writers like Kevin Brooks, Patrick Ness and Andy Mulligan. This is the first time a book of mine has been nominated for this award.The full shortlist is below.

Long Lankin, Lindsey Barraclough

iBoy. Kevin Brooks

Being Billy, Phil Earle

Trash, Andy Mulligan

A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness Illus. Jim Kay

Half Brother, Kenneth Oppel


  1. What inspired Kenneth to write this book?

  2. I love this book & so far I'm reading it right now.

  3. Max TepermeisterMay 9, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    I loved the Book. It was one of the few books I've read that made me cry.

  4. I loved the book, just found it sad when Zan got left in a zoo. That was like the ending of Firewing where Shade dies. That was sad. The obly thing about Opell i dont like is unhapy endings.

  5. This book is steeeeuuupid!!!!!!!!

  6. This book literary is such a pile of shit. I gagged when i opened it.

  7. Thanks to sixth grade teacher Kenne Crockett, the students at Maple Avenue Middle School have been offered _Half Brother_ as their latest Book Club opportunity; as I teach high school nearby, I've opted to join in the club events. The _Half Brother_ get-together is tomorrow, Wednesday, 11/28.
    Please let Mr. Oppel know that I found the book compelling and quite moving, opening up all kinds of avenues to talk about what it means to be human and where science and spirit collide. And this days from the passing of Dar, one of the original ASL-signing chimps. Thank you! Patrice Smith, Littlestown, PA (just down the road from Gettysburg)

  8. Hi Kenneth Oppel I know you don't remember me but I'm the person that shook your hand when you visited Queen Victoria, I'm doing a talk about you in class and you really inspire me, I want to become a writer and i am woking on writing every day like you said to.
    I loved reading your books, there so thought provoking yet easy to read, it's really amazing!

    I know you don't know me but could you respond so i know you read this?

  9. Hi Kenneth Oppel, I don't know if you remember but just a few weeks ago, you came to ny school(Crofton House School)for an author visit. I have just finished Silverwing and I love it!