And the winner is… The YA Book Prize 2017 shortlist is here and you can WIN THEM ALL!


The wait is finally over. We can reveal to you the plucky titles The Bookseller have deemed the tip top, the best of the best. The ones that really are the icing on the cake.

And because we don’t do anything by halves, you can win the lot. Now that is one HELLA COOL haul, if you ask us. Featuring such a brilliant range of reads and authors, without further ado and with much fanfare, we give you the YA 10:

‘Beautiful Broken Things’ by Sara Barnard

It’s no secret that we’ve been a fan of this book for a while. A heart-aching tale of friendship and it will prolly make you cry actual tears.

‘Chasing the Stars’ by Malorie Blackman

We recently revealed the re-jackets to her ‘Noughts and Crosses’ series, so we’re super stoked to see her on this list. A total legend and tough competition!

‘The Graces’ by Laure Eve

Everything your little witchy fangirl heart ever wanted in a book. Dark, seductive and completely unputdownable. You’ve read it, right? Well, if not, you better try and win it!

‘How Not to Disappear’ by Clare Furniss

Hattie isn’t have the best start to her summer really. Her friends are AWOL and she’s just found out she’s pregnant? Hoo boy. Luckily there’s Gloria, the long-lost aunt, who takes her on a whirlwind trip of self discovery. YAAS!

‘Paper Butterflies’ by Lisa Heathfield

June’s domestic life is anything but bliss with a step-mum hellbent on making her life a misery and a dad who just doesn’t seem to be listening anymore. June escapes the only way she can. Through a newfound friendship, and one strand of hope. This book will make you feel things.

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‘Orangeboy’ by Patrice Lawrence

Marlon has promised his mum he won’t go down the same path as his brother. But life seems to be determined to throw all the wrong kinds of obstacles at him. His decisions could change his course, change his life, but also save the people he loves. This is an absolute page-turner.

‘The Call’ by Peadar O’Guilin

Thrilling, punchy dystopia with a real fresh twist. This book draws on Irish myth and folklore and the result is an absolute stunner of a read. Literally the best thing to happen to the genre since ‘The Hunger Games’. Truth.

‘The Monstrous Child’ by Francesca Simon

This flippin’ brilliant read also draws on myth and legend, but of a different kind. Hel didn’t ASK to be Queen of the Underworld, she just was.

‘Riverkeep’ by Martin Stewart

This book is without a doubt just as charming as its cover. Trust. Fantastical, addictive, fun. It’s the kind of adventure you’d hope you’d go on if you woke in this kind of world.

‘Crongton Knights’ by Alex Wheatle

The second in a planned trilogy for this series, the ‘Independent’ is right when they call it ‘a total gem’. Equal parts funny and heart-squeezing, what more could you ask for in a book, eh?

The YA BooK Prize has an impeccable list of judges this year including author Melvin Burgess and book blogger extraordinaire, Jim Dean (YA Yeah Yeah). The winner will be announced on June 1st and we cannae wait!


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Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.

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