STOP PRESS! Frank Cottrell Boyce wins The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.
Just as the current issue of Carousel (52) emerged from the printers, the winner of The Guardian Prize was announced. An article in this issue examines the eight books on the longlist, all worth closer inspection. Now we know the winner is Boyce’s The Unforgotten Coat, his story, based on a real event, is about two young Tibetan refugees who find themselves in a Merseyside primary school. Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian’s children’s books editor, described the book as a “heart-warming, imaginative, funny story with a very serious message at its heart.” Congratulations to Frank Cottrell Boyce, to the judges, authors Cressida Cowell, Tony Bradman and Kevin Crossley-Holland, whose choice of longlist and winner compliments and enriches children’s reading and to The Guardian which makes it possible for this attention to be drawn to these eight books of substance, insight and humour.
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