The Branford Boase Award for new children's authors and their editors
For teenagers, Anthony McGowan's Hellbent (Doubleday) is Dante for beginners with a serious moral message. In between there's Home, a science fiction story of environmental apocalypse by zoologist Nicola Davies; Century by Sarah Singleton (Simon and Schuster) which won the Booktrust Teenage Prize last year; the absorbing fantasy adventure Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan) and The Burying Beetle by Ann Kelley (Luath Press).
Meanwhile writers aged up to 19 have until May 26 to enter the Henrietta Branford Writing Competition, which runs alongside the BBA. Full details at www.branfordboaseaward.org.uk.