Children’s Book Awards

The Carnegie Medal
1970 — The Devil’s Children (Commended)
1972 — The Dancing Bear (Commended)
1976 — The Blue Hawk (Commended)
1979 — Tulku (Winner)
1980 — City of Gold (Winner)
1988 — Eva (Highly Commended)
1992 — A Bone From a Dry Sea (Commended)
1998 — The Kin (Shortlist)
2002 — The Ropemaker (Shortlist)

The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize
1975 — The Blue Hawk (Winner)

Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
1977 — Chance, Luck and Destiny (Non-Fiction – Winner)
1989 —  Eva ( Fiction – Honor Book)

ALA Notable Books
1989 —  Eva
1992 — A Bone from a Dry Sea

School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
1989 —  Eva
1992 — A Bone from a Dry Sea

ALA Best Book for Young Adults
1989 —  Eva
1992 — A Bone from a Dry Sea

Mythopoeic Award for Children’s Literature
2002 — The Ropemaker

Michael L.Printz Award
2002 — The Ropemaker (Honor Book)

Phoenix Award
2001 - The Seventh Raven
2008 — Eva

The Whitbread Children’s Book Prize
1977 — Tulku (Winner)
1990 — AK (Winner)

Adult Book Awards

The Crime Writers Association Golden Dagger
1968 — Skin Deep (US: The Glass-Sided Ants Nest) (Winner)
1969 — A Pride of Heroes (US: The Old-English Peepshow) (Winner)

Mystery Writers of America Edgar
1968 — Skin Deep (US: The Glass-Sided Ants Nest) (Nominee)