Susan Price

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This article is about the children's author. For the Vice-chancellor from 2010 of Leeds Metropolitan University, see Susan Price (academic).

Susan Price (born 8 July 1955) is an English author of children's and young-adult novels. She has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Prize for British children's books.[1][2]

Price was born in Dudley, West Midlands, and still lives in the Black Country.[citation needed]

Writing[edit]

Many of Susan Price's works are fantasy, from science-fiction to ghost stories; some are historical novels; others are about animals or everyday life. Many of her short stories are re-tellings of tales from folklore. Her first Ghost World novel, The Ghost Drum (1987), is an original fairy tale using elements from Russian history and Russian folklore. She won the Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book by a British subject.[1]

In The Sterkarm Handshake (1998) and its sequel A Sterkarm Kiss (2003), time travel brings together a young anthropologist from 21st century Britain and a young warrior from 16th century Scotland. They become lovers and she sides with his border clan in conflict with a 21st-century corporation. For the first book, Price won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime award judged by a panel of British children's writers.[2]

The Pagan Mars trilogy (2005 to 2008), also known as Odin or Mars,[3] is set in a scientifically advanced alternative world where the pagan gods are still worshipped and slavery, called bondery, is commonplace.

Bibliography[edit]

Novels - for older readers[edit]

  • city life (1974)
  • Twopence a Tub (1975)
  • Sticks and Stones (1976)
  • Home from Home (1977)
  • Christopher Uptake (1981)
  • From Where I Stand (1984)
  • Ghost World
    • The Ghost Drum (1987) —winner of the Carnegie Medal[1]
    • Ghost Song (1992)
    • Ghost Dance (1993)
  • Foiling the Dragon (1994)
  • Elfgift (1996)
  • Elfking (1996)
  • Sterkarm
  • The Ghost Wife (1999)
  • Wolf Sisters (2001)
  • The Bearwood Witch (2001)
  • Pagan Mars
    • Odin's Voice (2005)
    • Odin's Queen (2006)
    • Odin's Son (2008)
  • Feasting the Wolf (2007)

Novels - for younger readers[edit]

  • The Devil's Piper (1973)
  • In a Nutshell (1983)
  • Odin's Monster (1986)
  • Master Thomas Katt (1988)
  • The Bone Dog (1989)
  • Phantom from the Past (1989)
  • A Feasting of Trolls (1990)
  • Thunderpumps (1990)
  • Knocking Jack (1992)
  • Coming Down To Earth (1994)
  • A True Spell and a Dangerous (1998)
  • The Saga of Aslak (1997)
  • Pedro (Piccadilly Pips) (1997)
  • Wolf's Footprint (2003)
  • Olly Spellmaker & the Sulky Smudge (2004)
  • Olly Spellmaker and the Hairy Horror (2004)
  • Olly Spellmaker: Elf Alert!(2005)

Short story collections[edit]

  • The Carpenter and Other Stories (1981)
  • Ghosts at Large (1984)
  • Ghostly Tales (1987)
  • Here Lies Price (1987)
  • Forbidden Doors (1991)
  • Head and Tales (1995)
  • Hauntings (1995)
  • Nightcomers (1997)
  • The Story Collector (1998)
  • Ghosts and Lies (1998)
  • Telling Tales (1999)
  • The Kings Head (2002)
  • The Fraid

As editor[edit]

  • Horror Stories (1988)
  • The Treasury of Nursery Tales (1991)
  • The Dark Side: Truly Terrifying Tales (2007)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c (Carnegie Winner 1987). Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  2. ^ a b c "Guardian children's fiction prize relaunched: Entry details and list of past winners". guardian.co.uk 12 March 2001. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  3. ^ Susan Price at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
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