Don’t know what to read next? Try the books on this year’s long-list for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize — which is the only prize of its kind judged by fellow writers.
Ranging from Kate DiCamillo’s story of a squirrel narrowly saved from a vacuum cleaner, which won her the Newbery medal in the US earlier this year, to Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon’s vision of the gods returning to earth to seek fame as celebrities, the long-listed titles are “challenging, funny, exciting, beautiful, thoughtful, bonkers”, said judge and author Gillian Cross.
Here’s the list:
The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby: Flora in Love by Natasha Farrant (Faber)
Phoenix by SF Said (David Fickling)
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (Walker)
The Dark Wild by Piers Torday (Quercus)
Shine by Candy Gourlay (David Fickling)
We Were Liars by E Lockhart (Hot Key Books)
She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)
The Lost Gods by Francesca Simon (Faber)
You can order any of these books through inter-library loan at Chagford Library.
(The short-list for the prize will be announced in August, and the winner on 13 November.)