Saturday, May 24, 2008

Longlist announced for Guardian Children's Fiction award
Claire Armitstead writing in The Guardian, Friday May 23, 2008

One of the publishing sensations of the last year becomes just a little more sensational tomorrow when Jenny Downham is shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction award for her first novel, Before I Die.
Downham, a 43-year-old former actress who lives in London, finished writing Before I Die on the last day of February 2007. Seven days later it was snapped up by publisher David Fickling, and by mid-March it had sold in 10 languages.

To read the full story go to The Guardian online.

Before I Die joins six other books on the longlist for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. They are Cosmic, by the screenwriter and novelist Frank Cottrell Boyce; The Goldsmith's Daughter, by Tanya Landman; Bad Blood, by Rhiannon Lassiter; Bog Child, by Siobhan Dowd; The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness, and The Knife that Killed Me, by Anthony McGowan.

And for Bookman Beattie's review of Before I Die written in December 2007 link here.

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