His book The Bolds is about a family of hyenas who live in suburban Teddington, and Clary's book features the wonderful illustrations of David Roberts.
The Branford Boase Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children. It also honours the editor of the winning title. Among the judges this year are Russell Allen team leader for children’s services across the West Sussex Library Service, Simon Key, bookseller from the Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green; Marion Lloyd, former children’s editor; and Rosie Rowell, author of Leopold Blue, winner of the 2015 Branford Boase Award. The panel is chaired by Julia Eccleshare, who is now in charge of the Hay Fever section of the Hay Festival.
Among the other books to have made the list are Lisa Williamson’s much acclaimed story of transgender teenagers, The Art of Being Normal, and comedian Danny Wallace's book Hamish and the Worldstoppers.