YA Book Prize winner announced
20 March 2015 @booksandpublishing
In the UK, Irish author Louise O’Neill has won the inaugural YA Book Prize for her debut novel Only Ever Yours (Quercus), reports the Bookseller. Judge and head of children’s at Waterstones Melissa Cox described the novel—a ‘dystopian, feminist satire on how society judges women for their appearance’—as a ‘fantastic and challenging book that pulls no punches’. The award, worth £2000 (A$3860), was open to YA books published in the UK or Ireland during 2014 and judged by a panel of teenage readers and industry experts. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, the Bookseller launched the prize for young adult books earlier this year in response to a lack of existing awards. View the shortlist here.