Nobody's Girl shortlisted for teenage fiction prize

Nobody's Girl UK book cover

September 08, 2010

Sarra Manning's novel, Nobody's Girl, has been shortlisted for the 2010 Booktrust Teenage Prize.

The six-strong list which includes Nobody's Girl (Hodder Children's Books) was announced on 7 September.

Author and chair of judges Tony Bradman said "The standard of entries was incredibly high, and whittling that down to just six was a tough but fantastically enjoyable job." The winner of the £2,500 prize will be announced on 1st November.

Nobody's Girl is the story of Bea who thinks she's the most boring seventeen year old in the world. She's not pretty or popular or funny, unlike her mother who had Bea when she was 17. The only glamorous thing about Bea is the French father who left before she was born and lives in Paris. She yearns for la vie Parisienne every moment of her dull existence. So when Ruby Davies, the leader of her school's most elite clique picks Bea as her new best friend and asks her to go on holiday with them, she's wary but delighted. If nothing else it's two weeks away from her over-protective mother . But when the gang arrive in Spain, Bea is crushed to realise that Ruby and her posse have simply been using her...

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