Lucy's nomination marks her out as a 'promising' first time novelist
A Bath author has been nominated for a children's book prize with her very first novel.
Bath Spa University graduate Lucy Christopher was shortlisted for a Branford Boase Award 2010 for her debut book, Stolen.
She will be up against six other new writers for the honour which is given annually to the author of an 'outstanding debut novel for children'.
Lucy wrote Stolen as part of her current PhD studies at Bath Spa.
She said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be on the shortlist for this year's Branford Boase Award.
"I think it's a really strong list, showcasing some really thoughtful and provoking literature for young people.
"To have my book there amongst such great texts is fantastic."
Stolen is set in Australia, where Lucy grew up herself.
It is told in a letter by 16-year-old Gemma to her captor after she has been kidnapped while on holiday with her parents.
For her PhD at Bath Spa University, Lucy is exploring how Australian literature "represents wild places", particularly in its writing for young adults.
Julia Green from the university said: "Lucy is an extremely talented writer with a strong individual voice.
"I am delighted she has been shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award with her exceptional first novel."
The winner of the award will receive a £1,000 prize, and will be announced on 14 July.