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, and she was a runner-up for the Carnegie Medal.[a]
Howarth was born in Bournemouth, England.
- 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)
- 1995 Guardian Children's Fiction Award for MapHead
- 1995 Carnegie Medal highly commended runner-up for MapHead[a]
- 1995 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Ages 9–11 for Weather Eye (Joint Winner)
Howarth has also been shortlisted for numerous literary awards.
- 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.
- "Guardian children's fiction prize relaunched: Entry details and list of past winners". theguardian 12 March 2001. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
- "Carnegie Medal Award". 2007(?). Curriculum Lab. Elihu Burritt Library. Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). Retrieved 2013-06-04.
- "Lesley Howarth". Penguin Books. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
- 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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