Annal: 2010 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize

Results of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in the year 2010.

Book:Ghost Hunter: Book 6 of Chronicles of Ancient Darkness

Ghost Hunter: Book 6 of Chronicles of Ancient Darkness

Michelle Paver

Her cry rips the souls from your marrow. With her spear she snares them. She devours them. Eostra truly is an eater of souls.

Winter is coming. Souls’ Night draws near. Eostra, the Eagle Owl Mage, holds the clans in the grip of terror. Torak must leave the Forest and seek her lair in the Mountain of Ghosts, while Renn faces an agonizing decision. Wolf, their faithful pack-brother, must overcome wrenching grief. And in the final battle against the forces of darkness, Torak will make the most shattering choice of all.

Ghost Hunter, the final book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, draws the reader for the last time into the shadowy world of the deep past and brings Torak to the end of his incredible journey.

Book:Now (Morris Gleitzman)

Now

Morris Gleitzman

Morris Gleitzman’s acclaimed story of friends Felix and Zelda in Nazi-occupied Poland has captured the hearts and minds of readers worldwide. In “Now”, he delivers the final chapter, bringing this most moving of stories into the present day.

Book:The Ogre of Oglefort

The Ogre of Oglefort

Eva Ibbotson

When a Hag, an orphan boy and a troll called Ulf get sent to rescue a princess from an ogre, they expect it to be a fairly standard magical mission. But the ogre is depressed, the princess doesn’t want to be rescued—and the ogre’s dead wife is turning in her grave. The Norns who rule their fates decide to take things in hand—will the Ogre meet a bloody end, or will he get a happy ending?

Book:Unhooking the Moon

Unhooking the Moon

Gregory Hughes

Meet the Rat: A dancing, football-playing gangster-baiting ten-year-old. When she foresaw her father’s death, she picked up her football and decided to head for New York.

Meet her older brother Bob: Protector of the Rat, but more often her follower, he is determined to find their uncle in America and discover a new life for them both.

On their adventures across the flatlands of Winnipeg and through the exciting streets of New York, Bob and the Rat make friends with a hilarious con man and a famous rap star, and escape numerous dangers. But is their Uncle a rich business man, or is the word on the street, that he something more sinister, true? And will they ever find him?

Hughes has created a funny, warm, unique world that lives and breathes. Like I Capture the Castle, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Curious Incident, Hughes’ story and characters will resonate for many and for years to come.

Book:Lob (Linda Newbery)

Lob

Linda Newbery, Pam Smy

Stand quietly in a park, garden, or the woods one day. Listen! Watch! If you are one of the lucky ones, you will see him. Lob! A green man.

You have to be a special person to see Lob, that’s what Grandpa Will says. Lucy’s parents don’t believe he exists, but Lucy does. And she’s delighted when she finally catches sight of the Green Man in Grandpa’s garden.

Then something awful happens, and Lucy feels that her life has turned upside-down. Back at home in London, she wonders whether she’ll ever see Lob again. Will he come and find her?

Linda Newbery, with the vivid embroidery of Pam Smy’s illustrations, has conjured a real green man right out of the woods and stories of legend.

Book:Prisoner of the Inquisition

Prisoner of the Inquisition

Theresa Breslin

Zarita, only daughter of the town magistrate, lives a life of wealth and privilege. Indulged by her parents, she is free to spend her days as she pleases, enjoying herself in the company of an eligible young nobleman, horse riding, or leisurely studying the arts.

Saulo, son of a family reduced by circumstances to begging, witnesses his father wrongfully arrested and dealt with in the most horrifying way. Hauled off to be a slave at sea and pursued by pirates he encounters the ambitious mariner explorer, Christopher Columbus. Throughout his hardships Saulo is determined to survive—for he has sworn vengeance on the magistrate and his family.

As Zarita’s life also undergoes harsh changes the formidable and frightening Inquisition arrives in the area, bringing menacing shadows of suspicion with acts of cruel brutality—and ultimately, amid the intrigues of the court of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand in the splendid Moorish city of Grenada, betrayal and revenge…

Book:Sparks: or How to Give Grandpa a Viking Funeral!

Sparks: or How to Give Grandpa a Viking Funeral!

Ally Kennen

When Carla’s beloved Grandpa dies, she is inconsolable. Then she finds a secret letter, and decides to give him the end he always wanted. A Viking funeral, in a burning boat heading out to sea. Carla and her siblings set out on a crazy and dangerous race against time to achieve the impossible.

Sparks is a dark, funny and moving story about love, death, sailing and coffin-stealing from a very popular, original and award-winning children’s writer. Ally Kennan is the acclaimed author of teen novels Beast, Berserk, and Bedlam. Sparks is her first book for readers of 9 and up.

Book:White Crow

White Crow

Marcus Sedgwick

It’s summer. Rebecca is an unwilling visitor to Winterfold—taken from the buzz of London and her friends and what she thinks is the start of a promising romance. Ferelith already lives in Winterfold—it’s a place that doesn’t like to let you go, and she knows it inside out—the beach, the crumbling cliff paths, the village streets, the woods, the deserted churches and ruined graveyards, year by year being swallowed by the sea. Against her better judgement, Rebecca and Ferelith become friends, and during that long, hot, claustrophobic summer they discover more about each other and about Winterfold than either of them really want to, uncovering frightening secrets that would be best left long forgotten.

Interwoven with Rebecca and Ferelith’s stories is that of the seventeenth century Rector and Dr Barrieux, master of Winterfold Hall, whose bizarre and bloody experiments into the after-life might make angels weep, and the devil crow.

A modern gothic thriller about what awaits us after death—angels or the devil.

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