Just in Case

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Just in Case
Just in Case cover.jpg
Front cover of first edition
Author Meg Rosoff
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Young-adult novel, magic realism
Publisher Penguin Books
Publication date
3 August 2006
Pages 231 pp (first edition)
ISBN 978-0-14-138078-0
OCLC 224849493
LC Class PZ7.R719563 Jus 2006[1]

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.[2] In a press release announcing the award, the librarians called it "a story about death, depression, sex, choice and survival."[3]

Just in Case also won the German Jugendliteraturpreis and made the shortlists for the Booktrust Teenage Prize[4] and the 2006 Costa Book Awards.

Random House (Wendy Lamb Books) published the first U.S. edition, also in 2006.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

The book is set in Luton, Bedfordshire[5] 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Just in case" (first U.S. edition). Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  2. ^ (Carnegie Winner 2007). Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 2012-07-29.
  3. ^ "Releases for 2007 Awards". Press Desk. CILIP. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  4. ^ Booktrust Teenage Prize.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Just in Case". Discussion with fans. Meg Rosoff.

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Preceded by
Carnegie Medal recipient
Succeeded by
Here Lies Arthur