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Carnegie Medal

Children's Laureate 2001-2003

Carnegie Medal 1989, 1992

Whitbread Award 1993, 1996

Guardian Fiction Award 1990


The cover of 'Bill's New Frock'

When Bill Simpson woke up on Monday morning, he found he was a girl...

Forced off to school in a frilly pink dress, Bill discovers one of the worst days in his life is about to begin.

Baffled by the way things are just different for girls, Bill falls headlong into trouble. As the amazing day drags on, Bill's new frock becomes dirtier and tattier. How will it all end for him - or her?

Winner of the 2012 Leicestershire Children's Book Prize

Bill's New Frock was Winner of the Smarties Award (6 - 8 section) 1990.
Highly Commended, Carnegie Medal 1989.
Winner of the Nottinghamshire Libraries Award 1990.
Winner of Leicestershire Children's Book Prize 2012.

In 2012 Bill's New Frock was chosen by young readers in Leicestershire as their favourite title from a shortlist selected to reflect the Olympic values: Inspiration, determination, courage, respect, equality, friendship and excellence.

"Stylishly written and thought-provoking"

The Guardian

"A gloriously feminist romp ... the result is a gem. Don't miss it."

Chris Powling, the Times Educational Supplement

Bill's New Frock, for children in the middle age range, was first published in 1989, and was reissued as one of a collection of updated editions in June 2007; Anne Fine has written about the changes she made then in an article explaining to parents and teachers why she has been modifying some of her books in later editions. You can also read Anne's answers to some questions about Bill's New Frock.

Bill's New Frock was reissued by Egmont in June 2017 as an Egmont Modern Classic.

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