Costa Children's Book Award 2016 Costa Children's Book Award  2016

The shortlisted books for the The Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category have just been announced.

Find all four books in this section - plus extra information on the Costa Book Award and the worthy winner of last year's award, The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge.



Costa Children's Book Award Shortlist

The Monstrous Child
Francesca Simon
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category, 2016 - May 2016 Book of the Month Francesca Simon has chosen a singular heroine for her first novel for teenagers. Hel is Queen of the Norse underworld, but never has the... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category, 2016 Charlie's life should be pretty miserable: he lives in Little Town, where everyone spies on everyone else, and the population is caught between their oppressive rulers and violent criminals who... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/04/2016
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Orangeboy
Patrice Lawrence
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category, 2016 A young man has an impossible choice to make, in this powerful coming of age urban thriller. The action is uncompromising and powerful, yet punctuated by moments of extraordinary tenderness and... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedTime Travelling with a Hamster
Ross Welford
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category, 2016 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016. January 2016 Debut of the Month This... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/01/2016
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Previous Costa Children's Winners

Reader ReviewedThe Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Winner of the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 - 16 year old category. WINNER of the 2015 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR and Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Five Children on the Western Front
Kate Saunders
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize. Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2014. Witty, tender and full of insights into life love and politics, this is a brilliant book in... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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Set in Stone
Linda Newbery
Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2006. Set at the end of the 19th century, Linda Newbery has cleverly carved out an incredible mystery that's full of clever twists and entwined with drama, all manner of emotions and mind-blowingly powerful... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/07/2015
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The Amber Spyglass
Philip Pullman
Whitbread Book of the Year Award 2001 The third in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. His ‘Dark Materials', is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2015
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The Ask and the Answer
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2010 | Winner of the prestigious Costa Children's Book Award 2009 | Prize-winning author Patrick Ness follows up The Knife of Never Letting Go with equally hard hitting The Ask and the Answer. Trying to... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2013
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Maggot Moon
Sally Gardner
One of our Books of the Year 2013. Winner of the two most prestigious children's book awards - the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 and the Children's Costa Award... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2013
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The four shortlisted titles in the Children's Book Category 2016 are -

The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan

Judges: “Reflecting the disorder that conflict brings, Bombs shines a light in the darkest corners, finding humour in the most extraordinary circumstances.”

Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

Judges: “A gripping topical thriller by a fresh new voice in children’s fiction.”

The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon

Judges: “An ancient anti-heroine is given a fierce modern voice in this story of gods, monsters and growing up.”

Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford

Judges: “A highly accomplished debut, genuinely enjoyable for both a child reading independently and an adult reading with a child.”

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The Winner of the 2015 Costa Book of the Year was The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. a Victorian murder mystery the judges said ‘will grip readers of all ages'.

It is only the second children’s book EVER to take the overall prize, and the first since Philip Pullman won with The Amber Spyglass in 2001!

James Heneage, chair of the final judges, said: “Part horror, part detective, part historical... It’s not only a fabulous children’s book but a book that readers of all ages will love.”

The Costa Books Awards is the only prize which places children’s books alongside adult books in this way. You can find the four shortlisted children's books in this special section - and click here to see the shortlists and winners for the other categories.

The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. Since their launch in 1971, the awards have rewarded a wide range of excellent books and authors across all genres.

On the judging panel for the 2016 Costa Children's Book Awards are:

Cressida Cowell, Author-Illustrator of numerous children's books including the popular How to Train Your Dragon series.

Anna James, Writer and Journalist, with a expertise in spotting new literary talent.

Steven Pryse, Director and Pickled Pepper Books, a specialist bookstore in North London.

These judges will select their favourite in the Children's Book category in early January and this book will then be shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Book of the Year, along with the other category winners. The overall winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in central London on Tuesday 31st January 2017.

The winner receives a £30,000 prize.

For more information visit www.costa.co.uk/costa-book-awards and keep up with the latest news @CostaBookAwards


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