Annal: 1996 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize

Results of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in the year 1996.

Book:The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass: Book 1 of His Dark Materials

Philip Pullman

It was no ordinary life for a young girl: living among scholars in the hallowed halls of Jordan College and tearing unsupervised through Oxford’s motley streets on mad quests for adventure. But Lyra’s greatest adventure would begin closer to home, the day she heard hushed talk of an extraordinary particle. Microscopic in size, the magical dust—found only in the vast Arctic expanse of the North—was rumored to possess profound properties that could unite whole universes. But there were those who feared the particle and would stop at nothing to destroy it.

Catapulted into the heart of a terrible struggle, Lyra was forced to seek aid from witches, gypsies, and formidable armored bears. And as she journeyed into unbelievable danger, she had not the faintest clue that she alone was destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle…

Book:The Sherwood Hero

The Sherwood Hero

Alison Prince

'Your Robin Hood thing. Let's do it for the Novel Project,' says Angie. 'Tell everyone?' I shrieked. 'Are you crazy?' 'Honest, Kelly, it's brilliant. We can write down all that stuff you did. Change the names, of course, so they don't know it's you.' Kelly thinks it's all over. Her crazy effort to feed the poor. At first it seemed so right, but it became an obsession. And it made her do something so terrible her parents never spoke about it afterwards. Now her best friend is about to start the nightmare all over again...

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