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Book News Roundup: Debut authors, YALC and Prize Winners


It’s that time of the week again where we roundup all the best bits of bookish news and plonk it all in one place for your perusal.

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New books bought and signed on the dotted line:

Scholastic have signed a three book deal with debut author Alice Broadway. The concept for ‘Ink’ follows that “your every achievement, your every failing, your every significant moment, is tattooed onto your skin. When you die your skin is made into a book, so that your children and grandchildren can ‘read’ your life: a world where you will never be forgotten.”

Penguin Random House to publish YA thriller from radio broadcast Simon Mayo. We talk about it more here.

Hodder Children’s buy epic YA science fiction from Icelandic author Sif Sigmarsdottir. I Am Traitor “asks what if there really is life on another planet, and it decides to take you?”

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The first wave of YALC authors announced including Malorie Blackman and Francis Hardinge. Max excite! Read more here.

Barry Hines, author of the book that was adapted to film, ‘Kes’, has passed away aged 76. ‘A Kestral for a Knave’ was teen lit before there was a specific category for it and a firm favourite, especially among young boys. Read more about Hines and his impact on the literary world here.

Lisa Williams has won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the ‘Best Older Fiction’ category for her fabulous book ‘The Art of Being Normal’.

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