- SHORTLISTED Carnegie Medal 1990 (for The Cry of the Wolf)
- WINNER Carnegie Medal 1996 (for Junk)
ABUSE | GROWING UP | SCHOOL
- Doing It (Andersen Press 2003) the story of three teenage boys and their somewhat crude encounters with sex.
- HOPKINS, Ellen: Identical (Margaret K. McElderry 2008) the story of abuse and concealed secrets in a family that seems to be perfect on the outside.
- STRASSER, Todd: Boot Camp (Simon&Schuster 2007) Garrett has to suffer from violence in a juvenile detention camp.