2009 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize Longlist

Has anyone else seen the longlist for this years Guardian Prize? I’ve read five of the eight listed - and they make up an interesting, difficult list. The recent winner of the Bisto Book of the Year, Siobhan Dowd is on there, as is Nation, Terry Pratchett’s island adventure.

As with last years prize - which included Jenny Downham’s Before I Die, Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Cosmic and Siobhan Dowd’s Bog Child - I don’t envy the judges their choice. And in the mean time…. I’ve got some reading to do.

And the nominees are:

Genesis - Bernard Beckett
The Silver Blade - Sally Gardner
Nation - Terry Pratchett
Then - Morris Gleitzman
Rowan the Strange - Julie Hearn
Exposure - Mal Peet
Solace of the Road - Siobhan Dowd
Revolver - Marcus Sedgwick

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  • Tom

    Does anyone know where to find eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, etc. for this award? I’m just envious of it being so damn up-to-the minute - thinking specifically of Genesis which I only heard about for the first time last month and I think only hit the shelves a few weeks ago…

    PS. Robert D says hello Mr Maybury.

    Comment | May 25, 2009
  • I’d say yer best bet would be to drop Ms Eccleshare a line for the details on the comp ;) I’ve not read Genesis yet (will before September, promise)

    Let me know if ye have any luck finding out about the awards - would be interesting to know when their cut off date is.

    (And of course, pass senor & senorita Dunbar my hellos too)

    Comment | May 27, 2009

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