Kate Saunders’ Five Children on the Western Front (Faber), the winner of the Costa children's book award in January, is longlisted for this year’s Guardian Children’s Prize.
A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond (Hodder), shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2015, is also on the list, as is My Name’s Not Friday by Jon Walter (David Fickling Books), Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury Children’s) and The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books).
Completing the longlist are An Island of our Own by Sally Nicholls (Scholastic), El Deafo by Cece Bell (Abrams & Chronicle Books) and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (Penguin)
This year’s prize will be judged by authors Piers Torday, Jenny Valentine and Natasha Farrant, and chaired by Guardian children’s books editor Julia Eccleshare.
Torday said: “These books are quite simply some of the best writing for children today, from graphic novels to Victorian sequels, Greek myths to the US civil war. Diverse, complex, accessible, experimental, page turning and heart breaking, they bring youngreaders the world on a single shelf.”
The winner of the prize will be announced on the 19th November.