Guardian children’s fiction prize 2016 shortlist announced

Historical and contemporary fiction go head-to-head as UK authors Tanya Landman and Alex Wheatle vie with US writer Brian Selznick and Australian Zana Fraillon for the only children’s book award judged by children’s authors

Tanya Landman, who won the Carnegie medal last year for her historical novel Buffalo Soldier, has made the shortlist for the Guardian children’s fiction prize for Hell and High Water, set in 18th-century England.

Landman’s novel, one of four titles shortlisted for the award, follows the story of Caleb and his father, showmen for a Punch and Judy show. When Caleb’s father is falsely accused of a crime and transported to the colonies, Caleb is determined to find out the truth. Judge and winner of last year’s prize David Almond called it “beautifully written and wonderfully paced”, adding that Landman “handles a complex, wide-ranging plot with vivacity, verve and skill”.

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Historical and contemporary fiction go head-to-head as UK authors Tanya Landman and Alex Wheatle vie with US writer Brian Selznick and Australian Zana Fraillon for the only children’s book award judged by children’s authors

Tanya Landman, who won the Carnegie medal last year for her historical novel Buffalo Soldier, has made the shortlist for the Guardian children’s fiction prize for Hell and High Water, set in 18th-century England.

Landman’s novel, one of four titles shortlisted for the award, follows the story of Caleb and his father, showmen for a Punch and Judy show. When Caleb’s father is falsely accused of a crime and transported to the colonies, Caleb is determined to find out the truth. Judge and winner of last year’s prize David Almond called it “beautifully written and wonderfully paced”, adding that Landman “handles a complex, wide-ranging plot with vivacity, verve and skill”.

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