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Teri Terry Wins Again!

Huge congratulations to Teri Terry for her 10th –  yes TENTH –  prize for her dystopian debut Slated.  This time the award was the Concorde Book Award,  awarded by teen readers in Gloucestershire.

teriSlated has also won the Amazing Book Award, Sussex Coast Schools, the Angus Book Award, the Bishop Luffa School Book Award, the Falkirk RED Book Award, the Leeds Book Award, the North East Teen Book Award, the Portsmouth Book Award, the  Rib Valley Book Award and the Rotherham Book Award.

In other words, teen readers up and down the UK have consistently voted for Slated as their favourite book.  No doubt they’ll love the other books in the trilogy, Fractured and Shattered too.

Teri’s amazing achievement  destroys a few myths too.

fracMYTH 1: Boys won’t vote for/read books with girls on the cover.  Wrong! The incredibly strong covers for the Slated trilogy attracted male and female readers.

MYTH 2. Boys don’t like books with female lead characters.  Wrong! Slated is about Kyla, a girl whose memory has been wiped. Girls and boys identify with her plight.

MYTH 3 American YA beats UKYA.  Actually Teri is Canadian, but we’re proud to claim her as our own, as she lives here, and the trilogy is set in the UK.

9781408319505MYTH 4 Female authors need to use initials to hide their identity from boys. OK, ‘Teri Terry’ does sound like two blokes –  the name that is, Teri doesn’t sound like a bloke at all –  but very few blokes spell their name Teri.

MYTH 5  Dystopia is over. If kids are fed up with dystopia, then why are they voting for Slated? No genre is ever ‘over’,  judge books by how good they are, not by invented trends.

Hurray for Teri!  May the trophies continue to roll in (but leave some for the rest of us, eh?) And best of luck for Shattered, which hit bookshops on March 6.

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UKYA Top Books of 2013 Part 3

mooseMoose Baby by Meg Rosoff – a clever, very funny novel about a teenage girl who gives birth to a moose. Proof – if you needed it – that novels for dyslexic readers can be satirical, witty and surprising.  Picked by Sally Nicholls whose latest novel is Close Her Pretty Eyes.

 

 

 

Rose-Under-Fire-UKAlso picked by Sally Nicholls: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. I loved books about prison camps when I was a teenager (should I admit that here?) and this book reminded me why. Less about death, and much more about surviving with dignity and humour. Also contains aeroplanes.

 

 

 

17205536You Don’t Know Me by Sophia Bennett: a clear-eyed insight into the machinations of TV talent shows and internet hate campaigns from a wholly unexpected point of view; warm, kind and chock full of positive female friendships. Picked by Susie Day, author of Pea’s Book of Best Friends.

 

 

 

lost girlAlso picked by Susie: The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna: striking debut set in a near-future where the wealthy can ‘weave’ themselves a spare body. Eva is one such replacement. A Frankenstein retelling, set in the Lake District and India: chills, thrills, romance and beautiful writing.

 

 

 

IrisAfter Iris by Natasha Farrant…it’s funny, touching and beautifully written.Picked by Caroline Green, author of Cracks.


UKYA Top Books of 2013 part 2

topquietnessKaren Saunders, author of Me, Suzy P : The Quietness by Alison Rattle  is a beautifully written piece of historical fiction, and a fascinating insight into the darker side of Victorian society.

 

 

 

Teri Terry, author of Slated and Fractured: Shine by Candy Gourlay, because it sutopshinerprised me, went places I wasn’t expecting, and I got lost in reading it as a reader without analyzing it the whole time (not something I manage as often as I’d like)

 

 

Sophia Bennett, author of the Threads series, The Look and You Don’t Know Me: 417zg-BNx9L._SY445_Cruel Summer by James Dawson. Great characters, great horror references and some brilliant twists. Great cover too.

 

 

 

ghosthawkKatie Moran, author of  Bloodline and  Hidden Among Us:  Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper, a beautiful and brutal account of the years following first contact between European settlers and the Native American tribes they encountered. It has the most shocking plot twist I’ve ever read, too.”

 

 

CJ Daugherty, author of the Night School series: The Falconer by Elizabeth May. Feisty female lead, evocative Scottish setting and a falconergenuinely steamy romance. Also steam punk elements, fairies and lots of FIGHTING. Addictive as hell.


UKYA Books of the Year 2013: Part 1

It’s that time of year again…we’re asking writers, bloggers and other bookish people to pick their UKYA books of the year.  Starting today with picks from awesome UKYA authors Lee Weatherly, Zoe Marriott, James Dawson and Rhian Ivory.  Feel free to add your picks of the year in the comments.

More tomorrow!

untitledGeek Girl by Holly Smale. Picked by Lee Weatherly, author of the Angel trilogy: ‘ I really loved it; thought it was SO funny.’  Good news for other Geek Girl fans –  and there are many-  Holly has been signed for three more Geek Girl books.

 

 

 

ShadowsShadows by Robin McKinley. Picked by Zoe Marriott, author of the Name of the Blade trilogy: ‘Shadows shows exactly why the author is a legend. Her magical world – almost but not quite like the real one – is so multi-textured and well-grounded that it was a surprise everytime I put it down and realised I didn’t live there myself. And anyone who has ever been oppressed by the supreme delight of McKinley’s animal characters will also find much to love in Shadows’.

 

 

 

tinderTinder by Sally Gardner. Picked by James Dawson, author of  Cruel Summer: ‘ A scary, evocative gothic fairytale.’

 

 

 

James also picked Dawn O’Porter’s Paper Aeroplanes: ‘A gritty but hilarious coming-of-age untitledfriendship story.

 

 

 

untitledThe Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale, picked by Rhian Ivory, author of The Bad Girls Club (as Rhian Tracey) : ‘Beautifully written, dealing with a very sensitive subject matter in an innovative and believable manner.’


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Best of British: Blogger Nicky Schmidt

South African writer Nicky Schmidt blogs at  Absolute Vanilla  a great place to read YA interviews, reviews and Nicky’s thoughts. She’s picked her Best of British for UKYA.

YA author

Kevin Brooks

Book (teen)

Lucas by Kevin Brooks; Also Wasted by Nicola Morgan; Crossing the Line by Gillian Philip; How I live Now and There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff

Book (kids)

The Crestomanci Series by Diana Wynne Jones, The Narnia Stories, The Secret Garden, The Little White Horse – and too many more to mention.

Shop

Hamleys (HUGE London toy shop)

TV programme

At the moment, Downton Abbey

Film

Too many to list!

Designer

Vivienne Westwood, simply because she is so iconic!