Celebrating Young Adult fiction by UK authors


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.

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

the bunker diaryRoom meets Lord of the Flies, The Bunker Diary is award-winning, young adult writer Kevin Brooks’s pulse-pounding exploration of what happens when your worst nightmare comes true – and how will you survive?

I can’t believe I fell for it.

It was still dark when I woke up this morning.

As soon as my eyes opened I knew where I was.

A low-ceilinged rectangular building made entirely of whitewashed concrete.

There are six little rooms along the main corridor.

There are no windows. No doors. The lift is the only way in or out.

What’s he going to do to me?

What am I going to do?

If I’m right, the lift will come down in five minutes.

It did. Only this time it wasn’t empty . . .

Chosen as one of The Sunday Times 100 Best Children’s Books


Harry Potter series by J K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was J.K. Rowling’s first novel, followed by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as well as three books written for charity and inspired by the Harry Potter novels: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

The Harry Potter novels have now sold over 400 million copies worldwide and been translated into 68 languages.

The series is No. 1 on our Top 10 Best-Ever UKYA Novels list.

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He’s After Me by Chris Higgins

Anna’s bruised and upset by the collapse of her parents’ marriage. So much of the fallout – including responsibility for her wayward younger sister – seems to be heading in her direction. All she wants is to get the exam results she needs to get herself to university – and away from this mess. She certainly wants nothing to do with boys – until Jem appears. Gradually he wins her trust, and becomes everything Anna needs him to be.

But Anna’s about to discover that love stories don’t always have happy endings…