This UK award for first-time authors has an impressive track record. Previous winners include names you just might have heard of such as Marcus Sedgwick, Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff, Siobhan Dowd and Frances Hardinge. (info taken from Fiction Focus)
Here's the seven books it was short-listed with - I'll be checking a few of them out too.
It's also on the short-list with the Children's Book Council of Australia for best book of the year for older readers (Aussie YA).
My library has all the books short-listed, but they dont get released to patrons until the winner is announced on Friday the 20th of August - the librarians keep them for display during book week and also for themselves to read.
But I, oooh yeah, collaborated with my fave librarian and got her to smuggle a copy out for me.
It pays to buddy up with librarians who rock :)
I'm nearly finished it already (interrupted my reading to post about it winning the Branford. It's really really good :)
I've read Liar and like Stolen a bit better for the winner. Seriously cannot wait for A Small free Kiss in the Dark where survivors of a sudden war hide out in the ruins of an amusement park
Book of the Year - Older Readers Short List 2010 CBCA
CHRISTOPHER, Lucy Stolen
CLARKE, Judith The Winds of Heaven
LARBALESTIER, Justine Liar
METZENTHEN, David Jarvis 24
MILLARD, Glenda A Small Free Kiss in the Dark
TANGEY, Penny Loving Richard Feynman
And... just today the Short List was announced for 2010 Prime Minister's Literary Awards and for the first time, they have a Young Adult category
Young Adult Fiction shortlist (Prime Ministers Award)
- Stolen, Lucy Christopher
- The Winds of Heaven, Judith Clarke
- Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God, Bill Condon
- The Museum of Mary Child, Cassandra Golds
- Swerve, Phillip Gwynne
- Jarvis 24, David Metzenthen
- Beatle meets Destiny, Gabrielle Williams
And there's Stolen again! (plus some other crossovers from the CBCA short-list.) I've read Swerve, which was a fantastic male POV.
I can't wait to see who the winners will be :) The winner of the Prime Ministers Award will receive $100, 000.
sorry for the wonky formatting. It's all flipped out...(?)