Annal: 2008 Costa Book Award for Children's Book

Results of the Costa Book Award in the year 2008.

Book:Just Henry

Just Henry

Michelle Magorian

From the award-winning author of Goodnight Mister Tom comes Just Henry: A gripping mystery-thriller and an insightful snapshot of time, set in post-war Britain.

It’s 1949 and life is bleak for Henry. He misses his father who died a war hero, and he escapes from his annoying stepfather and stepsister whenever he can and goes to the cinema—his passion.

One day in the cinema queue he meets Mrs Beaumont who also loves films, and lends Henry a camera for his school project. Henry is disgusted that he’s been put in a group with Jeffries, the son of a man who went AWOL, and Pip, who was born illegitimate; but he’s about to learn that tolerance and friendship are more important than social stigmas.

Henry will need his new friends when he processes the film and makes an alarming discovery. Like a bomb waiting to explode, Henry’s world is about to unravel…

Book:Broken Soup

Broken Soup

Jenny Valentine

When the good-looking boy with the American accent presses the dropped negative into Rowan’s hand, she’s sure it’s all a big mistake. But next moment he’s gone, lost in the crowd of bustling shoppers. And she can’t afford to lose her place in the checkout queue—after all, if she doesn’t take the groceries home, nobody else will.

Rowan has more responsibilities than most girls her age. These days, she pretty much looks after her little sister single-handedly—which doesn’t leave much time for friends or fun. So when she finds out that Bee from school saw the whole thing, it piques her curiosity. Who was the boy? Why was he so insistent that the negative belonged to Rowan?

Book:The Carbon Diaries

The Carbon Diaries: 2015

Saci Lloyd

It’s January 1st, 2015, and the UK is the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing, in a drastic bid to combat climate change. As her family spirals out of control, Laura Brown chronicles the first year of rationing with scathing abandon. Will her mother become one with her inner wolf? Will her sister give up her weekends in Ibiza? Does her father love the pig more than her? Can her band the dirty angels make it big? And will Ravi Datta ever notice her?

In these dark days, Laura deals with the issues that really matter: love, floods and pigs.

The Carbon Diaries is one girl’s drastic bid to stay sane in a world unravelling at the seams.

Book:Ostrich Boys

Ostrich Boys

Keith Gray

“It’s not really kidnapping, is it? He’d have to be alive for it to be proper kidnapping.”

Kenny, Sim and Blake are about to embark on a remarkable journey of friendship. Stealing the urn containing the ashes of their best friend Ross, they set out from Cleethorpes on the east coast to travel the 261 miles to the tiny hamlet of Ross in Dumfries and Galloway. After a depressing and dispriting funeral they feel taking Ross to Ross will be a fitting memorial for a 15 year-old boy who changed all their lives through his friendship. Little do they realise just how much Ross can still affect life for them even though he’s now dead.

This is Keith Gray’s first new novel in three years and is a wonderful rites-of-passage story combing elements from Stand By Me, An Inspector Calls and Grand Theft Parsons.

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