Just in Case
Front cover of first edition
|Genre||Young-adult novel, magic realism|
|3 August 2006|
|Pages||231 pp (first edition)|
|LC Class||PZ7.R719563 Jus 2006|
Just in Case is a young-adult novel by Meg Rosoff published by Penguin in 2006. Its adolescent protagonist David Case spends the majority of the book attempting to avoid fate. Rosoff won the annual Carnegie Medal, recognising the year's best children's book published in the U.K. In a press release announcing the award, the librarians called it "a story about death, depression, sex, choice and survival."
The book is set in Luton, Bedfordshire where fifteen-year-old David Case saves his younger brother from falling out of an open window. Scared by the experience, he starts to see danger everywhere, believes that Fate is stalking him, and decides to change his identity in order to escape his destiny. He changes his name to Justin, adopts a new wardrobe, seeks out new friends, acquires an imaginary dog, all in the hope of avoiding Fate. His new, moody, self-absorbed persona attracts attention, not all of it good, and Fate is not fooled at all.
The title and David's adopted name Justin Case refer to his preparation phobia.
- "Just in case" (first U.S. edition). Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
- (Carnegie Winner 2007). Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 2012-07-29.
- "Releases for 2007 Awards". Press Desk. CILIP. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
- Booktrust Teenage Prize.[dead link]
- "Just in Case". Discussion with fans. Meg Rosoff.
|Carnegie Medal recipient
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