Since the publication of the multi-award-winning Taking Flight in 2010, Sheena Wilkinson has become established as one of Ireland’s most acclaimed writers for young people. Taking Flight (Little Island, 2010) was CBI’s Editor’s Choice for 14+ in their Recommended Reads 2010, one of the Irish Times Children’s Books of the Year 2010, and won the Children’s Choice prize and the Special Fiction Merit prize at the 2011 Irish Bisto (CBI) Awards. Taking Flight won a prestigious 2011 White Raven Award from the International Youth Library in Munich, an IBBY Honour award and was shortlisted for the Reading Association of Ireland awards.
Her second novel, Grounded (Little Island, 2012) a sequel to Taking Flight, won the Children’s Books Ireland (formerly the Bistos) Overall Book of the Year as well as the Children’s Choice Award in May 2013, as well as being shortlisted for the Reading Association of Ireland awards and an Irish Times Children’s Book of the Year 2012.
Sheena’s first novel for 9-12 year olds, Too Many Ponies (Little Island, 2013) was also shortlisted for the CBI awards.
Sheena has won many awards for short stories, and her story ‘Each Slow Dusk’ is published by Walker in their anthology The Great War: Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War.