Blog: Winner of the 2012 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize


The Guardian Review has announced the winner of their 2012 Children’s Fiction Prize. Cottrell Boyce's The Unforgotten Coat was chosen by children's authors Tony Bradman, Cressida Cowell and Kevin Crossley-Holland. The judging panel was chaired by the Guardian Children's Books editor, Julia Eccleshare. Young readers taking part in the Guardian's 2012 Young Critics competition—as well as members of the Guardian's children's book site—also had their say as they judged the longlisted books.

Boyce's novel is an unusual winner in that it was not written for commercial publication. Instead, the author was commissioned to write it by a charity – the Liverpool-based Reader Organisation – and 50,000 copies were given away for free this year.

Here are the winner and shortlisted books:

  • Book:The Unforgotten Coat
  • Book:A Greyhound of a Girl
  • Book:Dead End in Norvelt
  • Book:The Abominables


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