Here are the books shortlisted for the 2008 Waterstone's Childrens Book Prize, which honors new and emerging authors in the UK:
How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant by Elen Caldecott (Bloomsbury)
Zelah Green Queen of Clean by Vanessa Curtis (Egmont)
Changeling by Steve Feasey (Macmillan)
Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison (Simon and Schuster)
Gnomes Are Forever by Ceci Jenkinson (Faber)
The Lady in the Tower by Marie-Louise Jensen (Oxford University Press)
The Mapmaker’s Monster by Rob Stevens (Macmillan)
Numbers by Rachel Ward (Chicken House)
This page at the Waterstone's site displays them all with clickablness in regard to blurbs. Mapmaker's Monster and Numbers sound the most appealing to me...
Last year's winner was Ways to Live Forever, by Sally Nicholls, which is a brilliant book but one I do not think I could ever stand reading again. Waaaahhhh. But, while over at the Waterson's site, I found out that she has a new book, Season of Secrets, coming out this spring, that sounds right up my alley--sisters moving to their grandparents' house in the country, strange man fleeing from ghostly hunt....