Meg’s first novel, How I Live Now, was published in 2004 by Penguin in the UK, to a blaze of universal acclaim. It sold in 27 other languages, won the Guardian Children’s Prize and the Michael L. Printz Award, and was shortlisted for the Orange First Novel Award, among others. The UK paperback edition went straight to the top of the bestseller list. The novel was adapted by Kevin MacDonald as a feature film, starring Saoirse Ronan. Meg’s second YA novel, Just In Case (2006), won the Carnegie Award. Since then she has published What I Was, The Bride’s Farewell, There Is No Dog, and Picture Me Gone, all translated into many other languages. In 2016, she was awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the most prestigious international prize for children’s literature. In the same year, she published her first novel for adults, the hilarious romantic comedy Jonathan Unleashed (Bloomsbury and Viking), which has been optioned for film by Michael Kuhn, with Meg writing the script.
Meg completed her friend Mal Peet’s novel Beck, left unfinished when he died in 2015, and it was published by Walker to stunning reviews in autumn 2016.
In 2017, Good Dog McTavish, about a rescue dog on a mission to sort out his new family, is published by Barrington Stoke, with a sequel in the works. Barrington Stoke also published her novella, Moose Baby, about a teenage couple whose baby is a moose, in 2013.