YA Book Prize 2016 winner annouced
The Bookseller’s 2016 YA Book Prize has been awarded to free-verse novel One by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury). Crossnan’s winning novel is about ‘conjoined twins Grace and Tippi, who, after years of being educated at home, go to public school for the first time. Over the course of the novel the sisters make friends who have their own problems, whilst facing a serious medical decision,’ writes the Bookseller. The winner, chosen from a shortlist of 10 books, was announced at a ceremony at Hay Festival in Wales as part of the YA program ‘Hay YA’. The £2000 (A$3990) prize celebrates the ‘best new books that engage with a youth audience’, and launched in 2015 in response to a lack of existing awards for YA. It is open to authors who live in the UK and Ireland. The inaugural winner was Only Ever Yours (Louise O’Neill, Quercus).