THE BOOKSELLER YA BOOK PRIZE SHORTLIST
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The Bookseller has announced the ten titles on the shortlist for The YA Book Prize 2017.
The list features three debut authors as well as former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman and Francesca Simon, shortlisted for her first YA novel The Monstrous Child. The winner will receive a £2,000 prize, which will be awarded at a ceremony at Hay Festival on 1st June 2017.
The full list of titles on the shortlist, called the YA 10, is:
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman (Doubleday)
The Graces by Laure Eve (Faber Children’s)
How Not To Disappear by Clare Furniss (Simon & Schuster Children’s)
Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield (Egmont)
The Call by Peadar O’Guilin (David Fickling Books)
The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon (Faber Children’s)
Riverkeep by Martin Stewart (Viking)
Crongton Knights by Alex Wheatle (Atom)
The judging panel is chaired by Caroline Carpenter, web editor and acting children's editor at The
Bookseller and includes Melvin Burgess, who was last year honoured with a YA Book prize special achievement award, Julia Eccleshare, children’s director of the Hay Festival, Jenny Murray, Children’s Books Ireland’s communications manager and blogger Jim Dean.
Teen readers themselves are involved in the final judging process and many from across the UK and Ireland will be asked to vote for their favourite titles. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at Hay Festival on 1st June 2017.
The YA Book Prize was established by The Bookseller Magazine in 2014 and announced its first winner in 2015. It runs in association with World Book Day and Hay Festival.