Booktrust Teenage Prize 2009

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The 2009 Booktrust Teenage Prize shortlist has been announced. Last year's winner was The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and previous winners include Henry Tumour by Anthony McGowan and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon. Teenagers could apply to be judges at Booktrust.org.uk. The winner will be announced in November. Here's what Bookbag thought of the books. Why not tell us what you thought too.


Shortlisted books

Auslander by Paul Dowswell

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A well-researched and pacy WWII thriller about a Polish orphan taken in by a Nazi family because of his Aryan appearance. It's thoughtful and exciting - the perfect combination. Recommended. Full review...

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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Utterly, utterly gorgeous fantasy novel about life, death, family and growing up. It combines the charming and macabre and has something for everyone aged eight to eighty-eight. Highly recommended. Full review...

Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray

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A wonderful glimpse into the world of the teenage boy. Warm, funny, heartrending and perfectly plotted, it will steal your heart and a great many awards. Full review...

The Ant Colony by Jenny Valentine

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A deeply humane and heartwarming story of mistakes and regrets and how to put them right. Witty, wise and full of unforgettable characters. Jenny Valentine just gets better and better. She was kind enough to be interviewed by Bookbag. Full review...

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant

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A thoroughly satisfying and out-of-the ordinary story combining the mystery of disappeared girls with a child living through a family break up. It's elegantly written and has a great deal to offer. Full review...

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

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Riveting second volume in the Chaos Walking series. The breakneck pace belies what is a wonderfully-realised and tremendously subtle dystopian novel about power and control and love and loyalty. I loved it. Full review...


Longlisted books


Tales of Terror from the Black Ship by Chris Priestley

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Henry James and Edgar Allan Poe eat your heart out. This second volume of macabre tales from Chris Priestley is as chilling as they come. It's very literary horror for children. Super. Full review...

Numbers by Rachel Ward

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Ever since her mother died, Jem has known exactly when people will die. This gift cum blight has stopped her forming relationships with people, but one day she meets Spider... Full review...

Furnace: Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

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Welcome to the future for the punishment of youth offenders: Furnace -- the borstal from hell. The writing, the story and the characters (especially the bad guys) are fantastic. Full review...

Three Ways to Snog an Alien by Graham Joyce

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Is Doogie's new girlfriend really an alien? Have aliens infiltrated the planet, or are girls just confusing to boys? Full review...

Bloodchild by Tim Bowler

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Absorbing fantasy thriller in which a young boy's accident leaves him without memory. Great tension, wonderfully atmospheric, and a nice dollop of the unexplained makes this a must-read. Full review...

Solitaire by Bernard Ashley

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Pax has been shipwrecked and is rescued by an old man looking for his grandson. As Pax's memory returns, deception and betrayal rear their ugly heads. Full review...

Exposure by Mal Peet

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More wonderful stuff from Mal Peet in a genre-defying novel of great thematic depth and complexity. Hung around an updating of Othello, it talks about football, homelessness, politics and celebrity culture, and it grabs you from beginning to end. Full review...

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