The unofficial horse's-mouth children's book awards of 2004 (and, on closer inspection, 2003) have been organised by literary scout John McLay: no prizes, just a round-robin email circulating the choices of publishers, critics and authors. Jennifer Donnelly's A Gathering Light, Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now are among the expected citations, but it's also reminded me to re-read my recent favourites for teenage readers: Berlie Doherty's Deep Secret, Rachel Klein's The Moth Diaries and Ann Turnbull's No Shame, No Fear. Meanwhile, Booktrust's second Best Book Guide offers more than 150 recommendations for all age groups from titles that caught the eye of its experts in 2003. pound;5 from Booktrust. To order, tel: 020 8516 2984; fax: 020 8516 2992; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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