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Childrens Books Ireland Awards

Author and illustrator Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick has won the 24th CBI Book of the Year Award as well as the Honour Award for Fiction for her novel Hagwitch. Moving between 16th-century and modern-day London, Hagwitch draws on ancient folk superstitions and the magic of the stage tradition to craft a haunting tale.


The Special Judges' Award went to Paula Leyden for The Sleeping Baobab Tree, and the Honour Award for Illustration was given to P.J. Lynch for Mysterious Traveller.


  • Mysterious Traveller

    Mysterious Traveller
    Mal Peet

    Paperback · 01 May 2014 · €11.35

    Begins with a camel, desperately trying to protect a little baby from a violent desert storm. He is rescued by Issa - the desert guide - who takes the child in, naming her Mariama. She becomes Issa's family and, as he begins to lose his sight, his eyes. Many years later, a stranger arrives, a stranger who will change both their lives for ever...