The Costa winning book The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge pops up again in the YA Book Prize list beside The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, an interesting book that alternates between reality and dystopia exploring many relevant topics for teenagers.
Last year’s winner, Louise O’Neill’s second novel is shortlisted for her second book, Asking For It.
The other titles on the list are Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe, One by Sarah Crossan (also shortlisted for the Irish Children’s Book Awards) Unbecoming by Jenny Downham and The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson.
Also in the running are The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo by Catherine Johnson, Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne and The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury.
Full details of the YA Book Prize shortlist can be found at www.thebookseller.com/ya-book-prize/2016
The winner will be announced at a special event at the Hay Festival on 2nd June 2016.