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The YA Book Prize shortlist 2016: 

Winner: 'One' Sarah Crossan

'Am I Normal Yet?' Holly Bourne

'Unbecoming' Jenny Downham

'The Lie Tree' Francis Hardinge

'The Rest of Us Just Live Here' Patrick Ness

'Asking For It' Louise O'Neill

'The Sin Eater's Daughter' Mel Salisbury

'Concentr8' William Sutcliffe

'The Art of Being Normal' Lisa Williamson

'The Curious Tale of Lady Caraboo' Catherine Johnson 

 

Having read a large number of the featured titles, I would highly recommend making your way through it - such varied themes, but all equally brilliantly written.

For more on all these titles, go to the YA Book Prize website.


 

Great stand-alone titles:


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‘The Smell of Other People's Houses’

Author: Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Alaska 1970

Ruth wants to be remembered by her grieving mother.  Dora wishes she was invisible to her abusive father.  Alyce is staying at home to please her parents.  Hank is running away for the sake of his brothers.  4 very different lives are about to become entangled.

A fantastic piece of literature for aged 13+

 

‘Auslander’

Author: Paul Dowswell

When Peter's parents are killed, he is sent to an orphanage in Warsaw. Then German soldiers take him away to be measured and assessed. They decide that Peter is racially valuable.

He is Volksdeutscher: of German blood. With his blond hair, blue eyes, and acceptably proportioned head, he looks just like the boy on the Hitler-Jugend poster. Someone important will want to adopt Peter.


running girl‘Running Girl’

Author: Simon Mason

Meet Garvie Smith. Highest IQ ever recorded at Marsh Academy. Lowest ever grades.What's the point? Life sucks. Nothing surprising ever happens.

Until Chloe Dow's body is pulled from a pond. His ex-girlfriend.

DI Singh is already on the case.  Ambitious, uptight, methodical - he's determined to solve the mystery - and get promoted. He doesn't need any 'assistance' from notorious slacker, Smith.Or does he?


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‘Am I Normal Yet’

Author: Holly Bourne

All Evie wants is to be normal. And now that she's almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the-girl-who-went-nuts, there's only one thing left to tick off her list...But relationships can mess with anyone's head - something Evie's new friends Amber and Lottie know only too well. The trouble is, if Evie won't tell them her secrets, how can they stop her making a huge mistake?.

 


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‘Wonder’

Author: RJ Palacio

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old.

He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds.

Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it.

 


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‘The Girl in the Blue Coat’

Author: Monica Hesse

Amsterdam, 1943

Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black-market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the front line when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion. But one day Hanneke gets a very unusual request.

One of her regular customers asks her to find a girl. A girl who has disappeared from the secret room in her house. A Jewish girl ...As she searches for clues Hanneke is drawn into a dangerous web of lies, secrets and mysteries.

Can she find the runaway before the Nazis do?


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‘Max’

Author: Sarah Cohen-Scali

Baby Max is the perfect prototype of the Nazi eugenics programme; he is the ideal size, he has the correct colour hair and flawless blue eyes. Raised in an ideology driven by hatred and ruled by fear, Max is taught to endure pain and be brave at all costs. But as he is drawn further into the horror of war, Max must fight to untangle the truth from the lie.

 


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‘Seven Days’

Author: Eve Ainsworth

School should be a safe place for Jess, a refuge from her difficult home life - but thanks to Kez and her friends, it's everything she dreads. Despite being beautiful and popular, Kez's life isn't any sweeter. She clings to the fact she is better off than Jess - or so she thinks...

 


 

sky is everywhere‘The Sky is Everywhere’

Author: Jandy Nelson

Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to centre stage of her own life - and suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two boys.  One boy takes Lennie out of her sorrow; the other comforts her in it. But the two can't collide without Lennie's world exploding.


Thrillers in a series


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‘Noughts & Crosses’

Author: Malorie Blackman

Sephy is a Cross - a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a nought - a 'colourless' member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood.

But that's as far as it can go. Against a background of prejudice, distrust and mounting terrorist violence, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum - a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger ...


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‘Theodore Boone’

Author: John Grisham

In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he's only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he's one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk - and a lot about the law.

He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom. But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than he expected. Because he knows so much - maybe too much - he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial.


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‘Cherub’

Author: Robert Muchamore

A terrorist doesn't let strangers in her flat because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children bring their mates home and they run all over the place. The terrorist doesn't know that one of these kids has bugged every room in her house, made copies of all her computer files and stolen her address book. The kid works for CHERUB.


 

For fans of ‘The Hunger Games’:


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‘Gone’

Author: Michael Grant

In the blink of an eye, the world changes. The adults vanish without a trace, and those left must do all they can to survive. But everyone's idea of survival is different. Some look after themselves, some look after others, and some will do anything for power ...Even kill.


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‘Numbers’

Author: Rachel Ward

Since her mother's death, fifteen-year-old Jem has kept a secret. When her eyes meet someone else's, a number pops into her head - the date on which they will die. Knowing that nothing lasts forever, Jem avoids relationships, but when she meets a boy called Spider, and they plan a day out together, her life takes a new twist and turn.

Waiting for the London Eye, she sees everyone in the queue has the same number - something terrible is going to happen.

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maze runner

‘Maze Runner’

Author: James Dashner

When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze.

Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there - or what's happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything - even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.

The story continues in 'The Scorch Trials' & 'The Death Cure'


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‘Divergent’

Author: Veronica Roth

For sixteen-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs.

 


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