The prizes of the 26th edition of the edebé for children’s and juvenile literature were awarded on Feb. 1, 2018 – endowed with 55,000 EUR each.
Children’s literature: Soy una nuez [I’m a walnut] by Beatriz Osés, 2018, 128 p.
Illustrated by Jordi Sempere, Soy una nuez explains the story of Omar, an orphan child refugee. Walnuts are strong on the outside, and inside they have the form of a brain, explains Osés, the shell can be a boat. (La Vanguardia)
An original, funny and endearing novel that talks to us about the persons’ and the refugees’ loneliness.
My name is Omar and I am a walnut. My father was a gardener and my mother smelled like cinnamon. Both were eaten by the sea shortly before reaching the beach. I saw them disappear while floting in that nutshell together with other strangers. Of the three, only I wore a small lifevest with my name on it. It had been written by my mother so that I would never forget it. (edebé)
Beatriz Osés (1972, Madrid). Journalist, a graduate of Universidad Complutense, is a writer and teacher of [Spanish] Language and Literature. By her work she wants to incentivate her students’ creativity and foment reading through literary creation.
She has won numerous prizes for educational innovation and literary creation. Among her works published by edebé stand out Un cocodrilo para Laura [A crocodile for Laura] and the crime saga protagonized by Erik Vogler.
Juvenile literature: Desconocidos [Unknown], by David Lozano, 2018, 224 p.
Two young people who got in touch on the internet agree to meet in Barcelona; and on the Costa Brava [coast north of Barcelona] a female police inspector suspects of an alleged suicide. Lozano has got a lot of fans; he sold 150,000 copies of Donde surgen las sombras [Where the shadows emerge]. (La Vanguardia)
Two stories, the same night, and a dark suspicion.
Two lives cross late at night through the networks. Two youngsters who submit to a mysterious game: share their dreams, hopes and fears, but not their identity. They quickly take the next step: a blind date. But meeting with a stranger always involves risks. Because we all hide secrets…
A corpse. The body of a young guy, disfigured by the violence of the fall. A young life ruined for ever, a death that arouses more questions than answers. (edebé)
David Lozano Garbala (Zaragoza, 1974) is a law graduate of Universidad de Zaragoza. He has also got an M.A. in Communication and studied Spanish Philology. He worked as a lawyer, and nowadays he combines writing and teaching with working as a screenwriter for different Spanish production companies.
In 2006, he won the 28th Gran Angular prize of juvenile literature with the novel Donde surgen las sombras [Where the shadows emerge]. With Herejía [Heresy] he was runner-up of the Hache prize, with El ladrón de minutos [The thief of minutes] runner-up of the edebé of children’s literature; he is also the author of the gothic fantasy trilogy La Puerta Oscura [The dark door], that he is currently transforming into a cinema script. His novels have been translated into different languages and can be acquired in a dozen countries.
Edebé has published his children’s novel El ladrón de minutos [The thief of minutes], translated into German, Italian, Persian and Turkish.
SOURCE: Edebé (publisher; Osés, Lozano); La Vanguardia, Feb. 3, 2018, p. 33 [printed edition]