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Longlist Announced for 2015 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize

The longlist for the 2015 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize has been released. The 8-book list includes a diverse range of stories, including historical fiction (My Name’s Not Friday and Five Children on the Western Front) and a graphic novel (El Deafo).

The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize is awarded annually to a children’s or young adult book published in the United Kingdom. The top prize is £1,500 (about $2,300). Previous winners of the prize include Richard Adams (for Watership Down), Diana Wynne Jones (for Charmed Life) and Phillip Pullman (for Northern Lights, published in the United States as The Golden Compass).

Authors Piers Torday, Jenny Valentine, and Natasha Farrant will judge this year’s contest. The judging committee is chaired by the children’s books editor of The Guardian, Julia Eccleshare.

Check out the complete list below, or head over to The Guardian’s website for more information!

Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

My Name’s Not Friday by Jon Walter

An Island of Our Own by Sally Nicholls

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

El Deafo by Cece Bell

A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

Featured image courtesy of The Guardian