Excelsior Award White 2024

2024 Shortlist

The books on the Excelsior Award White shortlst have been designated as suitable for children aged 9+ (or Key Stage 2 in schools)

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Space has never EVER been so silly, so join Captain Spaceington and Co at the final frontier of laughter!

From the space slugs wreaking havoc at the Space Prettiest Flower competition, to the flativerse where everything is two-dimensional (top tip: you can only enter the flativerse when flattened by a giant mallet), life onboard the SS Star Cat is never dull!


Writer: James Turner

Artist: Yasmin Sheikh

Published by David Fickling Books

ISBN-13: 978-1788452564

Embrace your evil side with this villainous Disney graphic novel adventure. Lorenzo Colangeli and Francesca Dell'Omodarme bring Manilo Castagna and Harriet Webster's narrative to life with beautiful and vibrant illustrations.

When Hades, the ancient Greek god of the Underworld, is barred from attending the Olympians' Feast of the Dodekatheon, he is furious and swears revenge. How many times must he be ridiculed by his fellow gods? Can't he have a little bit of fun for once? Hades needs more power! Will Amalthea, a magical pet goat of the gods, make all his wicked wishes come true, once and for all?


Writer: Lorenzo Colangeli

Artist: Francesca Dell'Omodarme

Published by Autumn

ISBN-13: 978-1837713417

Clark Kent visits Japan as Superman, traveling the country in pursuit of Meshi! What is Meshi? A new villain? A new ally? None of those! It's all about restaurants and exciting new food as Superman tours culinary delights!

It’s hungry work being Superman! That’s why every day for lunch in Superman vs. Meshi, Superman makes a quick stop over in Japan to try a new chain restaurant. Whether it’s a hearty bowl of curry or conveyor-belt sushi, the Man of Steel loves to indulge in the delectable delicacies the country has to offer. He’ll even share a meal with the other members of the Justice League from time to time in the hopes of showing them an incredible culinary experience.


Writer: Satoshi Miyagawa

Artist: Kai Kitago

Published by DC Comics and Kodansha

ISBN-13: 978-1779523129

Modern day kids, Annie and Nico, travel way back in time to Ancient Egypt and the Great Pyramids. That's 4500 years ago, to when the Great Pyramid of Giza (the biggest pyramid in the world) was built. Then, Annie and Nico check out the Great Wall of China, another impressive architectural feat. Finally, Annie and Nico go back in time to learn about 'Black Gold', otherwise known as oil, a non-renewable natural resource. 

Collects three graphic novel adventures.


Writer: Fabrice Erre

Artist: Sylvain Savoia

Published by Papercutz

ISBN-13: 978-1545811313

Years ago in the tranquil glades of Planet X, Baby Groot is enjoying a happy childhood with his friends. But his life is about to be thrown into terrifying turmoil by a band of intergalactic despoilers who are asset-stripping entire worlds and leaving them barren! Can the young Groot escape capture by these marauders? What is the origin of this deadly threat? Why have the trees of Planet X fallen silent? And which young legendary hero-in-the-making will come to Groot's aid?


Writer: Dan Abnett

Artist: Damian Couceiro

Published by Marvel

ISBN-13: 978-1302953188

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