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COSTA Children’s Book Award Winner 2019

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.

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