Astrid Lindgren, author of the Pippi Longstocking books, was Sweden’s favourite author and one of the world’s most popular. She died in 2002 at the age of 94, and to honour her memory and promote children’s and youth literature around the world, the Swedish government founded an international prize in her name. It is the world’s largest for children’s and youth literature, and the second-largest literature prize in the world.
The winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2008 is Australian author, Sonya Hartnett. The judges said of her:
"Sonya Hartnett is one of the major forces for renewal in modern young adult fiction. With psychological depth and a concealed yet palpable anger, she depicts the circumstances of young people without avoiding the darker sides of life. She does so with linguistic virtuosity and a brilliant narrative technique; her works are a source of strength.”
Check the Jordanhill Library catalogue for titles by Sonya Hartnett.