Luckily Daughter insisted we buy the Guardian yesterday as we boarded our plane, which means I can now let you know the longlist for the Guardian children’s fiction prize, rather than having to concentrate on Daughter’s artistic rearranging of sickbag into flower, while bored on the flight. I think it may have been her way of sorting out Mother’s Day, which is only my second one this year.
Anthony McGowan, The Knife That Killed Me
Frank Cottrell Boyce, Cosmic
Jenny Downham, Before I Die
Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go
Rhiannon Lassiter, Bad Blood
Siobhan Dowd, Bog Child
Tanya Landman, The Goldsmith’s Daughter
Good list, but unfortunately one where I have yet again failed to read enough of the books to know what’s what. I’ll go home and catch up as best I can. It’s definitely a list of knives and death, which when you think about it is not very “child friendly”. As for my famous predictions, I can only see one outcome, and that’s for Bog Child to win. The shortlist will feature books 3, 4, 6 and 7.