Quite simply, one of the biggest bits of news from the last two weeks is probably the Branford Boase Shortlist, which is dominated with YA titles. The list of contenders who will battle it out to receive the title in Summer 2015 are:
- Half Bad by Sally Green
- Trouble by Non Pratt
- The Year Of The Rat by Clare Furniss
- Cowgirl by Gioncarlo Gemin
- Leopold Blue by Rosie Rowell
- The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis
The winner will be announced at a special ceremony on the 9th July and the winner gets £1,000 and both the author and editor get a special silver inlaid box. Very glamorous if you ask me!
But the Branford Boase isn't the only shortlist that's been announced! Oh no, the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize shortlist has also been announced! This prize is for the best children's book aimed at young people up to the age of 14 that communicates science. The shortlist for this prize looks like this:
- Tiny: The Invisible World Of Microbes by Nicola Davies
- 365 Science Activities written by various authors and published by Usborne!
- Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka
- Jake's Bones by Jake McGowan-Lowe
- Night Sky Watcher by Raman Prinja
- Utterly Amazing Science by Professor Robert Winston.
The winner for this prize will be chosen by students of over 100 UK schools and will be announced this November!
Let's take a few moments to appreciate Susie Day. I myself have only read 'Tumblings,' her short story published in Love Hurts, but she hit news in the last fortnight for setting up a UKYA shop. The shop is called We Have Crisps, and is selling tote bags, vests and T-shirts featuring names of UKYA authors, and mugs with quotes from YA novels, including those from people like James Dawson. 10% of the profits from the sales will go into a fund paying for UKYA events and similar events.
Speaking to The Bookseller, she said, "My dream is to walk into this year’s YALC and see those t-shirts and tote bags walking around Olympia. And a UKYA logo above a table in every Waterstones, piled with great reads. And that double-decker bus tour. But I’ll settle for the first one for now.”
Will you buy something from the shop? Go have a browse of the products on there today!
Shall we talk John Green? No, sadly he's not releasing a new book just yet (this decade would be nice John!), but publishers Penguin are hoping that teens in the UK and Ireland will help to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust by hosting sleepovers on the 'Night Of Infinities.' Anyone who participates will be sent a pack including a thank you letter from John (probably not handwritten though...*sighs*) and it's hoped that donations will be made to the dedicated JustGiving page. Fancy hosting a Night Of Infinities? Here might be a good place to start!
What amazing books have been released in the last few weeks? Here's just a few!
- Shingaling: A Wonder Story by RJ Palacio
- Read Me Like A Book by Liz Kessler
- But sadly, not much else!