Lesley Howarth

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Lesley Howarth (born 29 December 1952) is a British author of children's and young adult fiction. For the novel Maphead, published by Walker Books in 1994, she won the annual Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime book award judged by a panel of British children's writers,[1] and she was a runner-up for the Carnegie Medal.[2][a]

Howarth was born in Bournemouth, England.

Reviewers including Philip Pullman have remarked upon Howarth's ability to "humanize" highly technical or unusual subjects, a tendency which she calls "the romance of hard things".[3][4]

Works[edit]

  • The Flower King (1993)
  • MapHead (1994)
  • Weather Eye (1995)
  • The Pits (1996)
  • Fort Biscuit (1996), illustrated by Ann Kronheimer
  • Welcome to Inner Space (1997)
  • MapHead 2 (1997); US title, Maphead: the return
  • Quirx : The Edge of the World (1998)
  • Bad Rep (1998), illus. Mark Oliver
  • Paulina (1999)
  • Yamabusters (1999)
  • The Squint (1999), illus. Jeff Cummins
  • Aliens for Dinner (1999)
  • Mister Spaceman (2000)
  • I Managed a Monster (2000)
  • No Accident (2000)
  • Ultraviolet (2001)
  • Carwash (2002)
  • Dade County's Big Summer (2002)
  • Drive (2004)
  • Colossus (2004)
  • Calling the Shots (2006)
  • Bodyswap: The Boy Who Was 84 (2009)
  • Tales from the Sick Bed (London: Catnip, 2009), as by L. P. Howarth
Tales from the Sick Bed: Brainstorms
Tales from the Sick Bed: Fever Dreams
Tales from the Sick Bed: The Medicine Chest
  • Swarf (2010)

Awards[edit]

  • 1995 Guardian Children's Fiction Award for MapHead[1]
  • 1995 Carnegie Medal highly commended runner-up for MapHead[2][a]
  • 1995 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Ages 9–11 for Weather Eye (Joint Winner)

Howarth has also been shortlisted for numerous literary awards.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Today there are usually eight books on the Carnegie shortlist. According to CCSU some runners-up through 2002 were Commended (from 1954) or Highly Commended (from 1966). The latter distinction became approximately annual in 1979; there were 29 highly commended books in 24 years including Howarth and Berlie Doherty for 1994.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Guardian children's fiction prize relaunched: Entry details and list of past winners". theguardian 12 March 2001. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  2. ^ a b "Carnegie Medal Award". 2007(?). Curriculum Lab. Elihu Burritt Library. Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  3. ^ "Lesley Howarth". Penguin Books. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Victor Watson; Elizabeth L. Keyser, eds. (2001). The Cambridge guide to children's books in English (1. publ. ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press. p. 348. ISBN 978-0-521-55064-2. 

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