And the winner is… MP! Bookish Award: This new book from a bestselling author is the way forward for struggling readers

The nominees for Cover of the Year in the MP! Bookish Awards are all so stunning that we actually don’t know who we’d vote for. Like at all. It’s an impossible choice!


Non Pratt’s ‘Unboxed’ is up for the vote and as well as being beautiful, it’s rather special. Barrington Stoke (the lovely publisher) focus on making books that are easier to read if you struggle with dyslexia which is completely brilliant.

Here are a few reads perfect for the struggling reader in your life.

unboxed‘Unboxed’ by Non Pratt

Not only does this have a lovely cover, the book itself is a slightly different shape to normal, the pages are thick and printed in a colour that makes reading easier. Oh, and the story is wonderful. When four friends meet up to look through a memory box they hid years ago, none of them can ignore the person missing. It may be short, but it packs a powerful punch. Amazing stuff.

george‘George’ by Alex Gino

Alex Gino’s lovely debut may feature middle grade characters, but it’s a book that everyone should read about a transgender girl desperate to play Charlotte in the school’s production of ‘Charlotte’s Web’. There’s no age or ability boundary on a book as important as this, but it does approach a sensitive issue with grace and ease. We love it.

falling-cat-clarke‘Falling’ by Cat Clarke

‘Falling’ is another offering from a brilliant YA author teaming up with Barrington Stoke. It’s a powerful novel about sexuality, friendship and growing up that delivers in Cat Clarke’s usual pitch-perfect voice. It’s the party of the year and Anna is determined to set up her BFF with the only other gay girl in her year, if only to distract her from the fact that she cheated on her perfect boyfriend the night before…

have-a-little-faith‘Have a Little Faith’ by Candy Harper

This hilarious teen series is easy to read and impossible to put down. Faith’s antics are really something to behold as she attempts to survive Year 10, not murder her nemesis and snare the attention of Dreamy Finn. Candy Harper has a wonderfully fresh and funny voice and you can’t go wrong with this bubbly slice of UKYA.

startgirl-10‘Stargirl’ by Jerry Spinelli

This beautiful novel celebrated it’s 10th anniversary this year and we love the idea that Stargirl and Leo will be finding a whole new load of people to charm. It’s a simple story about a girl called Stargirl who thrives on being different, and the boy who comes to love her in all her strange and wonderful glory. It’ll capture your heart and refuse to let it go. And you’ll be fine with it.

We’ve got 5 copies of the gorgeous ‘Unboxed’ to give away!

How to enter:

  • Follow @maximumpopbooks
  • RT the following tweet
  • Fill in the form. Easy!

This competition is now closed! Congrats to the winners @TazKetchum, @ForLoveInLimbo, @girlwithapen451, @Ninjamonkey1996, @wisegirlhessa.

Vote for your Cover of the Year RIGHT HERE

Tell us about your favourite books for struggling readers in the comments below!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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