The Guardian named their shortlist for their annual children’s fiction prize. The four authors shortlisted for the award are Kate Saunders, David Almond, Frances Hardinge and Sally Nicholls.
Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree follows Faith, whose father was found dead under a mysterious circumstances. Her search for the truth brings her to a strange tree, one that bears fruit if you whisper a lie to it – and Faith is excellent at lying.
In David Almond’s A Song for Ella Grey, Claire reminisces about Ella Grey – her best friend, who fell to love of Orpehus, who was taken from this world.
Kate Saunders’ Five Children on the Western Front is a middle grade novel that follows the Five Children and It stories. Sally Nicholls’ An Island of Our Own is a middle grade novel about three siblings struggling after the death of their mother, who discover photographs about a potential inheritance at the house of their eccentric aunt.
The winner will be announced at an award ceremony on November 19.
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