OBE for services to children’s literature 2008

Eleanor Farjeon Award for contribution to children’s books 2005

Smarties Silver Book Award 2004 (Category 6-8) – Cloud Busting

BBC Big Read Top 100 Title (Number 61) – Noughts and Crosses

FCBG Children’s Book Award 2002 – Noughts and Crosses

Sheffield Children’s Book of the Year Award 2002 – Noughts and Crosses

Wirral Children’s Paperback of the Year Award 2003 – Noughts and Crosses

Lancashire Children’s Book of the Year Award 2002 – Noughts and Crosses

Fantastic Fiction Award 2004 – Noughts and Crosses

Stockport Children’s Book of the Year Award 2000 – Key Stage 4 – Tell Me No Lies

BAFTA for the Best Children’s Drama 2000 – Pig-Heart Boy

Wirral Children’s Paperback of the Year Award 1999 – Pig-Heart Boy

UKRA Award Winner 1998 – Pig-Heart Boy

Stockport Children’s Book of the Year Award 1997- Key Stage 3 – Antidote (Doubleday/Yearling)

Excelle/Write Thing Children’s Author of the Year Award 1997

Young Telegraph/Fully Booked Children’s Book of the Year Award 1996 – Thief!

W H Smith’s Mind Boggling Book Award 1994 – Hacker

Young Telegraph/Gimme 5 Children’s Book of the Year Award 1994 – Hacker

Pig Heart Boy won the Best Children’s Drama BAFTA.2000 and the Prix Danube Children’s Jury Prize 2001. It was also short-listed for the Chicago TV Festival 2001, the RTS Best Children’s Drama award 2000 and the Race & Media Best Drama award 2000.

Play Time, my graduation film at the NFTS won a Certificate of Merit at the 31st Chicago International Film Fest