Merlin The KingMaker is Shortlisted for 2023 AWARD

Janet’s Book ‘Merlin the Kingmaker’, published by Oxford University Press, has been shortlisted for the 2023 Language Learner Literature Award. The book has been shortlisted in the Adolescent and Adult section. The winners will be announced in August at the Extensive Reading Congress in Bali.


A story of how a young woman, Rosalia, looks back at her dangerous voyage from Sicily to New York has won the prestigious 2020 Language Learner Literature Award.

Ellis Island: Rosalia’s Story by Janet Hardy-Gould was one of three finalists from OUP to be shortlisted for the prize.

Janet said: “I’m honoured and I’d like to thank the Extensive Reading Foundation for organising the awards; the judges, and all the readers who took part in the voting process.

“I’d also like to say thank you to everybody at Oxford University Press Graded Readers – it’s always a pleasure to work with such outstanding editors.”