Book set in prehistoric Ice Age wins award for author

Sally Prue
Sally Prue

A Hemel Hempstead children’s author has just been awarded the Historical Association’s Young Quill Under-Tens Award 2013.

The accolade – which is given to the best children’s historical novel of the year for that age group – was handed to Sally Prue for her book Song Hunter.

Song Hunter is set 40,000 years ago at the beginning of the last Ice Age.

Sally said: “My interest in prehistory was sparked when my father found a flint hand-axe in my cousin’s garden in Belswains Lane, Hemel Hempstead.

“After that we found several more flint tools in our own garden, which were later authenticated by the British Museum.”

The shortlist for the accolade she won is chosen by children and the winner by a panel of historians.

Sally said: “I’m really delighted to have earned the approval of both these groups.”

The Historical Association’s review on its website says: “Sally Prue’s Song Hunter is well written and a great read despite its deeply complex subject matter. This is a novel about the emergence of human consciousness and the dawn of civilisations.

“That a writer can cover such topics in a primary school novel takes great skill and Sally carries it off. I found myself very wrapped up in the story. It was very moving and I finished it with a lump in my throat.”

You can read more about the Young Quills awards here