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Just In Case by Meg Rosoff

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Winner of the 2007 CILIP Carnegie Medal and Winner of the Costa Children's book award.

A razor-sharp portrait of a teenage boy and his relationship with his image, his inner life and fate itself. Shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie to be announced on 21 June, Just in Case was also shortlisted earlier this year for the Costa Children’s Book of the Year. A faultless narrative that combined with an original storyline makes it incredibly special. (12+)

Judges' comment:

A story that deals with anxiety, depression and coming of age that has real emotional resonance. This is a distinctive and outstanding book written in an intelligent, yet spare style. There is an ‘edginess’ to the way the author writes; the result is clever and bold. The character of the teenage boy is conveyed in an interesting way and is not at all stereotypical. This is a story of survival in the modern world that is utterly compelling.


Just In Case by Meg Rosoff

What if Fate were out to get you? The day David Case saves his brother's life, his whole world changes. He must hide, become an entirely new person to escape Fate... if he can. This comic novel is for teenage readers.


'A modern Catcher in the Rye ... written with generosity and warmth but also with an edgy, unpredictable intelligence'
The Times

'Just in Case is brilliant. Meg Rosoff writes like a dream. Even the unbelievable was believable'
Sally Gardner, author of I, Coriander Praise for How I Live Now:

'That rare, rare thing, a first novel with a sustained, magical and utterly fauntless voice. I knew she could persuade me to believe almost anything'
Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night

-Time 'A crunchily perfect knock-out of a debut novel

About the Author

Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff grew up in a suburb of Boston and moved to London in 1989. She spent ffteen years working in advertising before writing her frst novel, How I Live Now, which has sold over one million copies in thirty-six territories. It won the Guardian Children’s Prize and the Printz Award in the US and was made into a flm. Her subsequent six novels have been awarded or shortlisted for, among others, the Carnegie Medal and the National Book Award. Meg’s latest book is Jonathan Unleashed. Meg lives in London with her husband, their daughter and their dogs.

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Publication date

7th June 2007


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Penguin Books Ltd


Paperback (b Format)
272 pages


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