The COSTA Children's Book Award is the only prize which places children’s books alongside adult books.
The winner of the Children's Book Award for 2019 is:
Asha and the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan (Chicken House. ISBN: 978-1911490197; £6.99)
About the book: In an unforgettable adventure set in contemporary India, Asha is guided by a majestic bird which she believes to be the spirit of her grandmother. Together with her best friend, Jeevan, she embarks on a journey across the Himalayas to find her missing father and save her home…
The Judges were:
Charlotte Eyre- Children’s Editor The Bookseller
Bali Rai- author Sevenoaks Bookshop
Danny van Emden West End Books
The Shortlisted titles 2019 were:
Crossfire by Malorie Blackman (Penguin. ISBN: 978-0241388440, £7.99) An extraordinary return to the world of the groundbreaking Noughts and Crosses series.
In the Shadow of Heroes by Nicholas Bowling (Chicken House. ISBN: 978-1911077688, £6.99) Brilliant historical adventure set in the time of the Roman Invasion of Britain with 14-year-old Cadmus set on a quest which will lead to Emperor Nero and the far corners of the Empire.
Furious Thing by Jenny Downham (David Fickling Books ISBN: 978-1788450980, £12.99) A powerful novel which explores how a girl’s sense of self can be whittled down and what happens when she fights back against injustice.