Reviewed on Radio NZ National this morning.
- 1995 Whitbread Children's Book Award: The Wreck of the Zanzibar
- 1996 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (Gold Award): The Butterfly Lion
- 1999 Prix Sorcières (France): Wombat Goes Walkabout
- 2000 Red House Children's Book Award: Kensuke's Kingdom
- 2001 Prix Sorcières (France): Kensuke's Kingdom
- 2002 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (Bronze Award): The Last Wolf
- 2004 Red House Children's Book Award: Private Peaceful
- 2005 Blue Peter Book of the Year Award: Private Peaceful
- 2005 Hampshire Book Award: Private Peaceful
- 2008 California Young Reader Medal: Private Peaceful
- ( this list from Wikipedia)
He was the third Children's Laureate having been very involved in setting it up in the first place, inspired by his friend the late Ted Hughes..
I guess though it is War Horse (originally published in 1982) for what he will long be remembered. The book sold modestly well but after becoming a play at the National Theatre in 2007 and then a Spielberg movie in 2011 it has sold close to two million copies and has now been translated into more than 40 languages. In a way it is appropriate that this should be the case as that book is particularly about reconciliation, remember the opposing soldiers meet in no-man’s land because he admits in this biography that reconciliation is what he “yearns for most”.
My only complaint? No index! Unforgiveable in a major non-fiction work.