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Just In Case

Written by Meg Rosoff

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Winner of the Carnegie Award 2007 and the Costa Children's book award. Shortlisted for the Book Trust Teenage Prize 2007.

A razor-sharp portrait of a teenage boy and his relationship with his image, his inner life and fate itself.  Shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie to be announced on 21 June, Just in Case was also shortlisted earlier this year for the Costa Children’s Book of the Year.  A faultless narrative that combined with an original storyline makes it incredibly special. (12+)

Judges' comment:

A story that deals with anxiety, depression and coming of age that has real emotional resonance.  This is a distinctive and outstanding book written in an intelligent, yet spare style. There is an ‘edginess’ to the way the author writes;  the result is clever and bold.  The character of the teenage boy is conveyed in an interesting way and is not at all stereotypical.  This is a story of survival in the modern world that is utterly compelling.

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Just In Case Synopsis

The day David Case saves his brother's life, his whole world changes. Suddenly, every moment is fizzing with significance. He must hide, become an entirely new person to escape Fate if he can. Will changing his name, befriending an astrophysicist and gaining an imaginary pet be enough? Bewildered and obsessive, he'll try anything to survive.

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780141318066
Publication date: 07/06/2007
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback (b Format)

ISBN: 9780141380780
Publication date: 03/08/2006
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141380780
Publication date: 3rd August 2006
Author: Meg Rosoff
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 240 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff worked in publishing, journalism, politics and advertising before writing How I Live Now. Her books have won or been shortlisted for 18 international book prizes, including the Carnegie Medal and the Orange First Novel Prize, and been translated into over 20 languages. In 2016, Meg was the recipient of the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s largest children’s literature award. She lives in London with her family and two dogs. Click here to read a Q&A with the author's Good Dog McTavish. Click here to read more about Meg Rosoff.

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