Ivison, Ellen and Sedgwick on YA Book Prize Shortlist

We're overjoyed to share that three DGA authors have reached the shortlist of the YA Book Prize. THE GHOSTS OF HEAVEN by Marcus Sedgwick and LOBSTERS, co-authored by Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen are up for the £2000 prize to be presented at Foyles on 19th March.

Fiona Noble, children’s book previewer at The Bookseller, said: “UK YA has been a fast growing trend in the past few years, so whittling down over 90 submissions to a shortlist of just 10 felt like a daunting task. However, every title on the shortlist had a passionate Bookseller champion and a really exciting and diverse list quickly emerged. It's a list that truly demonstrates the strength and unique nature of YA writing in the UK and Ireland, from contemporary to literary fiction, dystopia to horror, written by both debut authors and established names.”
 
A team of 10 teen and industry judges, including author Philip Reeve, World Book Day director Kirsten Grant, and RTE broadcaster Rick O’Shea will now decide which book will be the winner.
 
The YA Book Prize is sponsored by Movellas.