‘Infinite Sky’, the debut Young Adult novel by UEA alumna C.J. (Chelsey) Flood, has included on the shortlist of seven titles in the running for the 2014 Branford Boase Award. The award is worth £1,000 to the author of the year’s outstanding debut children’s novel. Chelsey obtained a BA in English from the University of Falmouth before joining the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA. She graduated in 2010 as the winner of that year’s Curtis Brown Award for best Creative Writing dissertation, and published ‘Infinite Sky’ with Simon and Schuster in 2013. ‘Infinite Sky’ was previously longlisted for the The Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for both the James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award and the Leeds Book Awards in the 14-16 category. The winner of the Branford Boase Award will be announced on 10th July.