Results of the Costa Book Award in the year 2012.
In Sally Gardner’s stunning novel, set in a ruthless regime, an unlikely teenager risks all to expose the truth about a heralded moon landing.
What if the football hadn’t gone over the wall. On the other side of the wall there is a dark secret. And the devil. And the Moon Man. And the Motherland doesn’t want anyone to know. But Standish Treadwell—who has different-colored eyes, who can’t read, can’t write, Standish Treadwell isn’t bright—sees things differently than the rest of the “train-track thinkers.” So when Standish and his only friend and neighbor, Hector, make their way to the other side of the wall, they see what the Motherland has been hiding. And it’s big…
One hundred very short chapters, told in an utterly original first-person voice, propel readers through a narrative that is by turns gripping and darkly humorous, bleak and chilling, tender and transporting.
A boy and a bear go to sea, equipped with a suitcase, a comic book, and a ukulele. The bear assures the boy that they are traveling a short distance and it really shouldn’t take very long. But then they encounter “unforeseeable anomalies”: turbulent stormy seas! a terrifying sea monster! and the rank remains of The Very Last Sandwich. The odds are pitted against the boy and the bear and their boat.
Will the Harriet, their trusted vessel, withstand the violent lashings of the salty waves? And will anyone ever answer their message in a bottle?
1953. When wild, dangerous, break-all-the-rules Natalie arrives in the quiet town of Norton, thirteen-year-old Lizzie is drawn irresistibly to the new girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Desperate for Natalie’s friendship and respect, Lizzie soon discovers a side of the town—and of herself—that she had never imagined.
As the girls grow closer, Natalie and her strange, eerie brother, Philip, reveal a shocking secret. For Philip has a second sight, and all around them he sees evil—‘left-over Nazis’ lying in wait until the time is right for revenge. Natalie and Philip believe it’s up to them to root these people out of Norton. Lizzie is swept up in what starts as a thrilling game—but the consequences of Philip’s ‘gift’ quickly spiral into disaster.
A chilling, powerful tale from Whitbread Award-winner Diana Hendry.
Me and my sister are twins. She’s Jolene and I’m Jody. We’ve both got brown hair, we’re both left-handed and we both have these weirdly long little toes which make us look like long-toed mutants. But apart from that, I’d say we’re fairly different. Well, actually, we’re a lot different…It’s hard enough being one half of the world’s least identical twins, without both of you falling for the same guy. Jolene’s turned flirting into a fine art, but Jody? Not so much. And as if a twinny love triangle wasn’t messy enough…there’s something nobody knows about Jody Barton. Something BIG.
Told with the trademark warmth and laugh-out-loud humour of the much-loved Lottie Biggs books, this is a book that will make you think, with a gobsmacking twist you won’t believe.