Authors David Almond, Sally Nicholls, Kate Saunders and Frances Hardinge have been shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2015.
A Song for Ella Grey (Hodder), an “intense, windswept" re-working of Orpheus and Eurydice by Almond, An Island of our Own (Scholastic), described as a “joyful Treasure Island-style mystery for the Instagram generation” by Nicholls, Five Children on the Western Front (Faber) by Saunders, the “outstanding” sequel to E Nesbitt’s Five Children and IT, and a "compelling fantasy" by Hardinge called The Lie Tree (Macmillan) have all been shortlisted for the award.
The prize is for books written for children aged eight and older and is judged by fellow authors.
Last year’s winner, Piers Torday, who won for The Dark Wild (Quercus), said: “They are four very contemporary books that also bring to mind classics from the past, all examining how the stories we tell can not just rewrite our histories but change our future.”
The longlisted titles included My Name’s Not Friday (David Fickling Books) by Jon Walter, El Deafo (Amulet) by Cece Bell, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (Penguin Books) and Apple and Rain (Bloomsbury) by Sarah Crossan.
The winner will be announced on Thursday 19th November 2015.