Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize: everything you need to know about this year’s long list

Today marked the first step towards crowning the 2016 Guardian Children Book Prize winner: the long list has been officially released, and in the words of Non Pratt, it’s pretty sexy.

We here at MP! have found out everything you need to know about this list of incredible authors and their beautiful books right here, so you don’t have to:

Who’s on it?

‘Chasing the Stars’, Malorie Blackman

‘The Marvels’, Brian Selznick

‘Riverkeep’, Martin Stewart

‘Crongton Knights’, Alex Wheatle

‘The Smell of Other People’s Houses’, Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

‘Sweet Pizza’, GR Gemin

‘Hell and High Water’, Tanya Landman

‘The Bone Sparrow’, Zana Fraillon (out 14th July)

Who’s judging?

David Almond, author of ‘A Song for Ella Grey’ and last year’s winner: “This is a wonderful long list, evidence of the vigorous health of children’s literature today.” (Source)

Kate Saunders, author of ‘Five Children on the Western Front’ and Costa Award winner: I was so dazzled by the sheer quality of the storytelling that I had to keep reminding myself I was a grown-up.” (Source)

SF Said, author of ‘Varjak Paw’ and ‘Phoenix’: “If you want to read the most exciting new writing in the world today, read this wonderful longlist!” (Source)

More from the judges HERE.

What now?

A shortlist of 4  amazing authors will be announced mid-October.

Winner named 17th November 2016 – so mark your calendars, people!


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Written by Laura Fulton

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