Authors Kate DiCamillo, Piers Torday, E Lockhart and SF Said are on the shortlist of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award 2014, announced Saturday (4th October) by the newspaper.
Kate DiCamillo was nominated for Flora & Ulysses (Walker Books), about a friendship between a girl and her squirrel, and Piers Torday for animal adventure The Dark Wild (Quercus). E Lockhart’s We Were Liars (Hot Key Books), the much-hyped teen mystery about a family secret, is on the shortlist, as is Phoenix (Random House Children’s Publishers) by S F Said, the tale of a boy who embarks on a quest in space to save the universe.
The Guardian’s children’s fiction prize is for books written for children aged eight and older and is judged by fellow authors.
The winner of last year’s prize was Rebecca Stead, who won for Liar & Spy (Andersen Press), a book about a 12-year-old boy who spies on the other tenants in his apartment block.
This year’s winner will be announced on 13th November 2014 at a prize giving ceremony.