The category winners for the Costa Book Awards were announced yesterday. The Children's Book Award was won by Michelle Magorian for Just Henry (Egmont, 2008), her first book in ten years:
"Set in post-war Britain, Just Henry is the story of a young boy who escapes the bleakness of life through his passion for cinema. His stepfather, whom he despises, will never compare with his dead father, a war hero. Appalled to find that his partners on a school photography trip include Jeffries, whose father went AWOL and Pip, who is illegitimate, he's about to learn that tolerance and friendship are more important than social stigmas. Processing a film that he took on the trip, Henry makes an alarming discovery. Like a bomb waiting to explode, his world is about to unravel."
This and other titles by Michelle Magorian, including her most famous Goodnight Mister Tom, can be found in Jordanhill Library.