The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize or Guardian Award is a prominent award for works of children's literature by British or Commonwealth authors, published in the UK during the preceding year. The award has been given annually since 1967, and is decided by a panel of authors and the review editor for The Guardian's children's books section. It may be compared with the American Newbery Medal.
The Guardian also promotes a literary prize for adult fiction, see Guardian First Book Award.
Michelle Paver has won the 2010 Guardian children's fiction prize for the concluding volume of her bestselling Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, Ghost Hunter. Set in an imagined prehistory, the series follows a young boy called Torak, who finds he can communicate with a wolf cub, and becomes his companion.
Exposure by Mal Pee
Genesis by Bernard Beckett
Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd
Then by Morris Gleitzman
Rowan the Strange by Julie Hearn
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
2008 Winner: Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go (Walker Books)Imagine you're the only boy in a town of men. And you can hear everything they think. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don't fit in with their plans... Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run.
2008 Other Shortlisted
Frank Cottrell Boyce, Cosmic (Macmillan)- Liam is only eleven-year-old to ever ride the G-force defying Cosmic rollercoaster or be offered the chance to drive a Porsche. Long-legged Liam makes a giant leap for boy-kind by competing with a group of adults for the chance to go into space.
Siobhan Dowd, Bog Child (David Fickling Books) - Explores the sacrifices made in the name of peace, and the unflinching strength of the human spirit. Digging for peat in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds the body of a child, and it looks like she's been murdered. As Fergus tries to...
Jenny Downham, Before I Die (Definitions) -Tessa has just a few months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It's her To Do Before I Die list. Tessa has just a few months to live. Fighting back against...
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2007 Winner: Jenny Valentine, Finding Violet Park (HarperCollins) - Sixteen-year-old, Lucas Swain becomes intrigued by the urn of ashes left in a cab office. Convinced that its occupant - Violet Park - is communicating with him, he contrives to gain possession of the urn, little realising that his quest will take...Shortlisted
Mary Hoffman, The Falconer's Knot (Bloomsbury) - Silvano and Chiara are two teenagers with a difference. Silvano has been accused of a murder he did not commit. Chiara has been ousted from her family as a young woman with no marriage prospects. For these two very different reasons they are...
Sally Prue, The Truth Sayer (Oxford) - Nian is a boy with a destiny. Taken from his home and family to live in the House of Truth, he must practise his skills of mind-reading, weather lore and manipulation of matter. Once he has achieved mastery, he will become one of the elect...
Andy Stanton, Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire (Egmont) - Features the following characters - Mr Gum, the gingerbread man named Alan Taylor who has electric muscles, as well as the little girl called Polly, the evil butcher called Billy William The Third, and the very wise man, Friday O'Leary...
Winners 1967 - 2006
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2006 Philip Reeve, A Darkling Plain (Scholastic) - Completing the adventures that began with "Mortal Engines", this book features Wren Natsworthy who is enjoying life as an aviatrix. Meanwhile the fragile truce between the Green Storm and the Traction Cities splinters and hostility breaks out again.
2005 Kate Thompson, The New Policeman (Bodley Head) -Tells about JJ who sets out on a journey into a fairyland to buy time for his mother as a birthday present. This book features Irish music for JJ's whole existence is built round the ceili and each chapter relates to a tune, printed out as a...
2004 Meg Rosoff, How I Live Now (Puffin) - Daisy is sent from New York to England to spend a summer with cousins she has never met. They are Isaac, Edmond, Osbert and Piper. It would be much easier to tell this story if it were all about a chaste and perfect love between Two Children...
2003 Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (David Fickling) - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's, a form of autism. He knows a very great deal about maths and...
2002 Sonya Hartnett, Thursday's Child (Walker) - During the long, hungry years of the Great Depression, Harper Flute's family struggles to cope with life on the hot, dusty land. Her younger brother Tin seeks refuge in the contrast of an ancient subterranean world, a world that nutures but ...
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2001 Kevin Crossley-Holland, The Seeing Stone (Orion)- Medieval life and Arthurian magic in a novel that transcends all boundaries. The year is 1199, the place the Welsh Marches. Young Arthur de Caldicot is given a shining stone in which his legendary namesake is revealed. In 100 short chapters that...
2000 Jacqueline Wilson, The Illustrated Mum (Transworld)- Dolphin adores her mother: she's got wonderful clothes, bright hair and vivid tattoos all over her body. She definitely lives a colourful life. Dolphin's older sister, Star, also loves her but is beginning to wonder if staying with a mum whose...
1999 Susan Price, The Sterkarm Handshake (Scholastic) -It's the 21st century and a scientific corporation have come up with the ultimate holiday destination - the past. They've devised a Time Tube, the ultimate time travel experience. So pack your bags and travel back to the 16th century where all is...
1998 Henrietta Branford, Fire, Bed and Bone (Walker)- The narrator of this tale is a hunting dog, living in a peasant household in 1381. Unrest is spreading among the peasants of Southern England, who are tired of the injustice they suffer at the hands of landlords. Rebellion is in the air...
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1997 Melvin Burgess, Junk (Penguin) - A teenage novel that tells the true-to-life story of two teenagers drawn into the dangerous and destructive world of heroin addiction. This is an uncompromising, compelling and true-to-life story of two teenagers drawn into the dangerous and...
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1996 Joint Winners:'
o Philip Pullman, Northern Lights (Scholastic; published in North America as The Golden Compass) - Without this child, we shall all die'. Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch...
o Alison Prince, The Sherwood Hero (Macmillan)- Kelly thinks it's all over, her crazy effort to feed the poor. At first it seemed so right, but it became an obsession, and it made her do something so terrible her parents never spoke about it afterwards. Now her best friend is about...
1995 Lesley Howarth, MapHead (Walker Books) -The winner of the 1995 Guardian Children's Fiction Award and its sequel - now available in one book! Powers and his son Boothe, alias MapHead, are visitors from the Subtle World - a world that exists side by side with our own. MapHead is able to...
1994 Sylvia Waugh, The Mennyms (Julia MacRae) - From the outside, 5 Brocklehurst Grove looks like an ordinary house and from the inside, you can hear the voices of the inhabitants, the Mennym family. You would think they were a perfectly ordinary family, too. But you'd be wrong, for the Mennyms...
1993 William Mayne, Low Tide (Cape)
1992 Joint Winners:
o Rachel Anderson, Paper Faces (Oxford University Press)
o Hilary McKay, The Exiles (Gollancz)
1991 Robert Westall, The Kingdom by the Sea (Methuen)
1990 Anne Fine, Goggle-Eyes (Hamish Hamilton)
1989 Geraldine McCaughrean, A Pack of Lies (Oxford University Press)
1988 Ruth Thomas, The Runaways (Hutchinson)
1987 James Aldridge, The True Story of Spit MacPhee (Viking Kestrel)
1986 Ann Pilling, Henry's Leg (Viking Kestrel)
1985 Ted Hughes, What is the Truth (Faber)
1984 Dick King-Smith, The Sheep-Pig (Gollancz) (this book served as the basis for the movie Babe)
1983 Anita Desai, Village by the Sea (Heinemann)
1982 Michelle Magorian, Goodnight Mr Tom (Kestrel)
1981 Peter Carter, The Sentinels (Oxford University Press)
1980 Ann Schlee, The Vandal (Macmillan)
1979 Andrew Davies, Conrad's War (Blackie)
1978 Diana Wynne Jones, Charmed Life (Macmillan)
1977 Peter Dickinson, The Blue Hawk (Gollancz)
1976 Nina Bawden, The Peppermint Pig (Gollancz)
1975 Winifred Cawley, Gran at Coalgate (Oxford University Press)
1974 Barbara Willard, The Iron Lily (Longman Young Books)
1973 Richard Adams, Watership Down (Rex Collings)
1972 Gillian Avery, A Likely Lad (Collins)
1971 John Christopher, The Guardians (Hamilton)
1970 K. M. Peyton, Flambards (Oxford University Press)
1969 Joan Aiken, The Whispering Mountain (Cape)
1968 Alan Garner, The Owl Service (Collins)
1967 Leon Garfield, Devil-in-the-Fog (Constable)