Frank Cottrell Boyce’s The Unforgotten Coat, published by Walker, has won the 2012 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Boyce’s book, about two brothers from Mongolia trying to adapt to school in Liverpool, scooped the £1,500 prize at a ceremony held at the Guardian’s offices in north London last night (24th October).
Guardian children’s books editor Julia Eccleshare, chair of this year’s judging panel, said the book’s “great immediacy and humour really set it apart”. She added: “[Frank] writes with such credibility and warmth that his readers will be left wiser when they have finished the story.”
Also on the shortlist for the prize were A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle, The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson (both Marion Lloyd Books) and Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (Corgi).