Celebrating Young Adult fiction by UK authors

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First authors announced for UKYA lit con

image001The first authors appearing at the UK’s first YA lit con have been announced.

The authors so far are Malorie Blackman, James Dawson, Matt Haig, Derek Landy, Sophie McKenzie, Patrick Ness, Natasha Ngan, Darren Shan, and Ruth Warburton, with further names – as well as days and times of authors’ appearances – to be announced in due course.

For more information about the London Film and Comic Con, visit their website here: and follow @YALC_UK on Twitter for all the YALC news.

Check out Project UKYA

Project UKYA ButtonThe amazing Lucy Powrie – who had the brilliant idea of hosting a #UKYAchat on Twitter (Friday night’s chat trended in the UK) – is far from a one-trick pony.

She’s created a blog, Project UKYA, to spread the word about UKYA. She’ll be posting reviews, features, vlogs, along with the latest UKYA news and events. (And you can follow @ProjectUKYA on Twitter and look out for more chats.)

Obviously, promoting UKYA is our MO as well, so we’re really excited about it and hope you are too.


Guest post: Lucy Powrie on #UKYAchat

Lucy Powrie, who blogs as Queen of Contemporary, is a big supporter of UKYA. Last week, she hosted a UKYA chat on Twitter and it was a great success so we asked her to tell us a bit more about it…


The majority of authors and bloggers now use Twitter. Twitter is a huge platform that helps to connect people together and, personally, I am addicted to it. On Friday 19th July, I hosted a UKYA themed Twitter chat and was amazed at the reception it got. According to my rough calculations, I think around 30-40 people joined in, including authors, publishing people, bloggers and readers of UKYA.

Both fashion bloggers and beauty bloggers have their own chats, and I saw a gap. I wanted to get more people excited about UKYA and we don’t have anything like this in the UKYA. With the Olympics and golden jubilee last year, I thought it was about time that people got excited about UKYA books, and what better way than talking about them with other people?

From the chat, it was clear that people really want to see more character diversity in UKYA and I think this reflects well on our multi-cultural country. Ethnicity and diversity came up a lot.

Readers are also in need of a good fantasy or urban fantasy. People want more than just the contemporary novels that are so prominent at the moment, and taking a look at my UKYA shelf shows this.

Books that were mentioned quite a lot included ACID by Emma Pass and Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt. Both popped up on nearly every question and, being two of my favourite UKYA novels, this really pleased me. ACID is a scarily realistic dystopian and Skin Deep deals with body image and stereotypes.

One of the things I loved most about the chat was that everyone was equal. It’s very easy for bloggers and authors to feel separate from each other, but in this chat everyone was alike.

Following the success of this first chat, I have decided to stage another one at the end of August, date to be confirmed. I’ve had loads of tweets since finishing from people who missed the chat but really wanted to join in, and so I’m hoping that even more people will turn up for the next one.

I also have lots of other UKYA plans in the works, which I’m hoping will happen in the next few months. It’s a very exciting time for the UKYA community and it makes me happy to think that from the chat, people will go out and buy these books. Supporting our authors is very important.

The Top 100 Best Ever UKYA – as voted by you

Get those library cards and wishlists ready. Here it is, voted by you, the readers, in 2012: the Top 100 Best Ever UKYA books!

Click here to see the UKYA Top 10.

  • 15 Days Without A Head – Dave Cousins
  • A Little Love Song – Michelle Magorian
  • Across the Nightingale Floor – Lian Hearn
  • Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress – Sarwat Chadda
  • Bartimaeus series – Jonathon Stroud
  • Big Woo! – Susie Day
  • Blood Red Road – Moira Young
  • Broken Soup – Jenny Valentine
  • Chaos Walking trilogy – Patrick Ness
  • Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
  • David – Mary Hoffman
  • Della Says: OMG! – Keris Stainton
  • Diary of a Chav – Grace Dent
  • Dirty Work – Julia Bell
  • Everybody Jam – Ali Lewis
  • Flip – Martyn Bedford
  • Geekhood – Andy Robb
  • Girl, Missing – Sophie McKenzie
  • Grow Up – Ben Brooks
  • Heart-Shaped Bruise – Tanya Byrne
  • Hexwood – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Hollow Pike – James Dawson
  • I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
  • Junk – Melvin Burgess
  • Life, an Exploded Diagram – Mal Peet
  • A Face Like Glass – Frances Hardinge
  • A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd
  • Adrian Mole, Aged 13 and 3/4 – Sue Townsend
  • Being Billy – Phil Earle
  • Bilgewater – Jane Gardam
  • Bog Child – Siobhan Dowd
  • C.H.E.R.U.B. series – Robert Muchamore
  • Chocolate S.O.S. – Sue Limb
  • Coram Boy – Jamila Gavin
  • Dear Nobody – Berlie Doherty
  • Department 19 – Will Hill
  • Diary of a Crush – Sarra Manning
  • Drawing with Light – Julia Green
  • Finding Sky – Joss Stirling
  • Firebrand – Gillian Philip
  • Flour Babies – Anne Fine
  • Georgia Nicholson series – Louise Rennison
  • Girls Under Pressure – Jacqueline Wilson
  • Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
  • – Andy Briggs
  • His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
  • How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff
  • Incarceron – Catherine Fisher
  • Kiss Date Love Hate – Luisa Plaja
  • Long Lankin – Lindsey Barraclough
  • Lottie Biggs series – Hayley Long
  • Million Dollar Mates – Cathy Hopkins
  • My Sword Hand Is Singing – Marcus Sedgwick
  • Night School – CJ Daugherty
  • Numbers – Rachel Ward
  • Rain – Kate Le Vann
  • Rowan the Strange – Julie Hearn
  • Roxy’s Baby – Catherine MacPhail
  • Skellig – David Almond
  • Slam – Nick Hornby
  • Stolen – Lucy Christopher
  • The Angel Collector – Bali Rai
  • The Declaration – Gemma Malley
  • The Enemy – Charlie Higson
  • The Girl in the Mask – Marie-Louise Jensen
  • The Greengage Summer – Rumer Godden
  • The Owl Service – Alan Garner
  • The Twelfth Day of July – Joan Lingard
  • The Wind Singer series – William Nicolson
  • This Is Not Forgiveness – Celia Rees
  • Tiffany Aching series – Terry Pratchett
  • Troy – Adele Geras
  • Velvet – Mary Hooper
  • Waves – Sharon Dogar
  • When I Was Joe series – Keren David
  • Lila series – Sarah Alderson
  • Looking for JJ – Anne Cassidy
  • Lucas – Kevin Brooks
  • Mortal Engines series – Philip Reeve
  • Nearly Departed – Rook Hastings
  • Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman
  • Pennington’s Seventeenth Summer – KM Peyton
  • Rockoholic – CJ Skuse
  • Shadows on the Moon – Zoe Marriott
  • Skin Deep – Laura Jarratt
  • Slated – Teri Terry
  • Sugar Rush – Julie Burchill
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
  • The Double Shadow – Sally Gardner
  • The Glimpse – Claire Merle
  • The House in Norham Gardens – Penelope Lively
  • The Shell House – Linda Newbery
  • The Watchers at the Shrine – Jean Ure
  • They Do Things Differently There – Jan Mark
  • Threads series – Sophia Bennett
  • Torn – Cat Clarke
  • Unrest – Michelle Harrison
  • VIII – HM Castor
  • Wheels of War – Sally Prue
  • You Against Me – Jenny Downham

Thank you so much for all your votes, RTs, blog posts and support.