Costa* Children's Book Award, the Shortlist:
Clay by David Almond (on my to-be-read pile)
The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding (not yet here in the US)
Set in Stone by Linda Newbery (oh, I have to order this one, it looks awesome)
Just in Case by Meg Rosoff (I just placed a hold).
*Used to be the Whitbread.