Grampian Children's Book Award 2014
And the winner is 'Waiting for Gonzo' by Dave Cousins
The 2014 shortlist
Stanley's dad hasn't been the same since his wife died and his eldest son went off to fight in the war. Now Stanley's only friend is his dad's prizewinning greyhound, Rocket. Stanley runs away and enlists in the army to train as a messenger dog handler, and is soon heading to France with a great Dane called Bones by his side.
This is a gripping psychological thriller set in a Victorian sanatorium for children. Alfie Mandeville doesn't know why he's sent to Scarbrook House, a sanatorium where the children of Victorian Britain's upper class are hidden away. The only thing wrong with him is that he cannot sleep. But Alfie soon begins to doubt his own sanity when disturbing things start to happen at Scarbrook.
Oz is a joker who attracts disasters like magnets to a fridge. On his first day at a new school, he accidentally triggers a chain of events which causes a catastrophe of EPIC proportions! But it's when Oz tries to repair the damage that the trouble really starts.
When teenager Dylan pulls herself free from a train wreck and emerges onto an almost deserted Scottish hillside, she believes she is the only survivor. Seeing the figure of a boy on the bank she enlists his help. But Tristan is no ordinary passerby, and Dylan soon learns that instead of being the only survivor of the wreck, she is in fact the only fatality. And, Tristan is no normal teenage boy - he is her ferryman tasked with guiding her through the wasteland to her afterlife.
15-year-old Zoe has a secret - a dark and terrible secret that she can't confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder. Zoe tells her story in the only way she can: in letters to the man in prison in America.
Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck which left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive, but that means still possible. You should never ignore a possible. So when the Welfare Agency writes to her guardian threatening to send Sophie to an orphanage, she takes matters into her own hands and flees to Paris.