Annal: 2006 Costa Book Award for Children's Book

Results of the Costa Book Award in the year 2006.

Book:Set in Stone

Set in Stone

Linda Newbery

When Samuel Godwin, a young and naive art tutor, accepts a job with the Farrow family at their majestic home, little does he expect to come across a place containing such secrets and lies. His two tutees are as different as can be—younger sister Marianne, full of flightiness and nervous imagination, and Juliana, sensible and controlled. Helped by their governess, Charlotte Agnew, Samuel begins to uncover slowly why Marianne is so emotionally fragile, and in doing so uncovers a web of intrigue. But his discoveries lead to revenge and betrayal—and lives all around are turned upside down.

Linda Newbery has written a novel in diary style, combining different voices and a different century with her usual brilliance and ease. These are characters full of the same passions as our own today, while living in an unfamiliar and fascinating time.

Book:Clay

Clay

David Almond

Fourteen-year-old Davie and his best friend, Geordie, are altar boys at their local Catholic Church. They’re full of mischief, but that all changes when Stephen Rose comes to town. Father O’Mahoney thinks it would be a good idea for Davie and Geordie to befriend him—maybe some of their good nature will rub off on this unhappy soul. But it’s Stephen who sees something special in Davie.

Stephen’s a gifted sculptor. One day as Davie looks on, Stephen brings a tiny figure to life. It’s a talent he has, the gift of creation—and he knows that Davie has this talent, too. Davie allows Stephen to convince him to help bring a life-size figure to life—and Clay is born. Clay is innocent, but Stephen has special plans for him.

What has Davie helped to unleash on the world?

Book:The Diamond of Drury Lane

The Diamond of Drury Lane

Julia Golding

Cat Royal is an orphan who lives at the back of the theatre in Drury Lane. She mingles with the high and low of society, from the actors onstage to the lords and ladies in the stalls to the barrow boys in the grimy marketplace. Set in 1790s Covent Garden, The Diamond of Drury Lane whisks you back to a bygone era. Featuring a colourful cast of characters, fast-paced action, thrilling special effects and moments of hilarious comedy, it is a fantastic spectacle and a gripping mystery.

Book:Just in Case

Just in Case

Meg Rosoff

The day David Case saves his brother’s life, his whole world changes. Suddenly, every moment is fizzing with significance, full of what ifs? He must hide; become an entirely new person to escape Fate… if he can. Will changing his name, befriending an astrophysicist and gaining an imaginary pet be enough? Bewildered and obsessive, he'll try anything to survive.

Just in Case is a daring, powerful and compelling read bringing the spirit of the film Donnie Darko to the heart of middle England.

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