Celebrating Young Adult fiction by UK authors

Jim of YA Yeah Yeah’s UKYA Books of the Year

images3Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Along with Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere, one of the two most heartbreaking books I’ve ever read, and the most heartbreaking of all UKYA. Simply perfectly written.

Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt

The best debut of the year by some way, Jarratt’s novel┬ádeals with disfigurement, prejudice, mental illness, and recovering from tragedy with great skill and compassion.

images9The Things We Did For Love by Natasha Farrant

While it seems to have been overshadowed somewhat by the success of Code Name Verity, Farrant’s own WWII novel is an exquisite book. It’s beautifully written, captures the feel for the period perfectly, and made me cry.

Department 19: The Rising by Will Hill

700 pages or so and not a wasted word. Absolute genius at work, with a huge mass of plotlines woven together perfectly.

14897519Silenced by Simon Packham

This book about a boy struggling to cope with the death of his best friend stands out because of the huge warmth and surprising amount of humour found in it.

Author: K

YA writer. Voracious reader. Feminist. Home educator. Addicted to tea and Twitter.

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