The Longlist for the UK’s 2012 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize has been announced.  The eight finalists are:

   

The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton

Bullet Boys by Ally Kennen

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

   

Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers

A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle

Soonchild by Russell Hoban

The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce