Est. 2009

Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize

2021 Winners

The 2021 Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize winning titles are now available through Leapfrog Press and all good bookstores. The prize winners were judged by Carnegie Medal winning author, Anthony McGowan (Lark) for the YA | MG category, and New York Times bestselling author, Ann Hood (Fly Girl) for the Adult category. They winning books are:

  • Lost River, 1918 and My Sister Lives in the Sea by Faith Shearin (YA)
  • But First You Need a Plan by K. L. Anderson (Adult)


Adult Category Judge

Anthony McGowan’s debut novel was an adult thriller, Stag Hunt, published to wide critical acclaim by Hodder & Stoughton in 2004. A sequel, Mortal Coil, came out in 2005. In the same year, Random House published Hellbent, which was his first novel for teenagers, described by The Times as ‘a brilliantly nauseating thriller’. It was picked by Anthony Horowitz as his book of the year in the Daily Telegraph. A second young-adult book, Henry Tumour, was published in April 2006. According to The Guardian, ‘Henry Tumour is a boisterous, anarchic, frequently vulgar comedy about a boy with a brain tumour. It is very, very funny. It is also a wise, sensitive and questioning novel about the opposing forces that make us what we are.’ Henry Tumour won the 2006 Booktrust Teenage prize, the 2007 Catalyst Award, and was shortlisted for several major awards.The Knife That Killed Me, was published in 2008 and has proved both highly controversial and topical. It deals in a hard-hitting, intensely realised way with the problems of knife crime and youth violence. Of it, Meg Rosoff (2007 Carnegie Prize winner) has written, ‘Every writer hates to hear the words “stunning new talent” applied to someone else, but in the case of Anthony McGowan nothing else will do.’ The novel was filmed and released in July 2014.

Young Adult | Middle Grade Category Judge

Ann Hood is the author of over a dozen novels, including the bestsellers The Knitting Circle, The Obituary Writer, The Book That Matters Most, and Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine; and several memoirs, including the bestsellers Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love and Food and Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was named one of the top ten books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. Her most recent book, Fly Girl, a memoir about her years as a TWA flight attendant, will be published by WW Norton.