The official shortlist comes out on Tuesday, & having read all the longlist I thought I'd share my favourites:
My Brother's Shadow by Tom Avery (Andersen Press)
When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury)
Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
Tinder by Sally Gardner (author) and David Roberts (illustrator) (Orion Children's Books)
More Than This by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
Trouble by Non Pratt (Walker Books)
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff (Penguin Books)
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith (Electric Monkey)
There have been 8 on the list in recent years so I picked my top 8, I'm sure they won't all make the cut but I'm really looking forward to seeing how much overlap there is with the real one!
I honestly can't say which is my favourite to win, the judges have a difficult decision to make...