Stop what you're doing, put down the biscuits and get ready to do an over-excited spin in your spinny chair, because the nominations for the 2016 YA Book Prize have literally JUST been announced - and awoooo, it's an amazing list.
Like a good quality buffet at a wedding, it's an absolutely BRILLIANT spread this time around with loads of your favourite authors like Holly Bourne, Patrick Ness and Lisa Williamson all landing a shout out for the huge award.
Wanna found out which ten reads made the list? Here's the books you NEED to get reading if you're interested in YA fiction, 'cos the experts say so.
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Evie, Amber and Lottie: three girls facing down tough issues with the combined powers of friendship, feminism and cheesy snacks. Both hilarious and heart-rending, this is Evie's no-holds-barred story of struggling to live a "normal" teen life in the grip of OCD, from the acclaimed author of The Manifesto on How to be Interesting.
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Faith's father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, and as she is searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree which only grows healthy and bears fruit if you whisper a lie to it. The bigger the lie, the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered.
Asking For It by Louise O'Neill
Emma O'Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there's a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma. The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can't remember what happened, she doesn't know how she got there. She doesn't know why she's in pain.But everyone else does. Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night.
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
Three women - three secrets - one heart-stopping story. Katie, seventeen, in love with someone whose identity she can't reveal. Her mother Caroline, uptight, worn out and about to find the past catching up with her. Katie's grandmother, Mary, back with the family after years of mysterious absence and 'capable of anything', despite suffering from Alzheimers.
The Art Of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
David is funny and quirky and has always felt different from other people - but he also has a huge secret that only his two best friends know. Ever since he can remember, he has felt like a girl trapped in the body of a boy.
The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo by Catherine Johnson
Out of the blue arrives an exotic young woman from a foreign land. Fearless and strong, 'Princess' Caraboo rises above the suspicions of the wealthy family who take her in. In a world where it seems everyone is playing a role, could she be an ordinary girl with a tragic past? Is she a confidence trickster? Or is she the princess everyone wants her to be?
One by Sarah Crossan
Grace and Tippi are twins - conjoined twins, and their lives are about to change. No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world - a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love? But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
This bold and irreverent novel powerfully asks what if you weren't the 'chosen one'? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up his high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.
The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Twylla has a gift - or a curse. She can kill with a single touch. Now she's the court executioner, compelled to do the queen's bidding - and marry the prince. But when she meets a rebellious guard, Twylla starts to question everything she's been told...
Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe
Troy, Femi, Lee, Karen and Blaze have been taking Concentr8 as long as they can remember. They're not looking for trouble, but one hot summer day, when riots break out across the city, they find it. They've got a hostage, but don't really know what they want, or why they've done it. And across the course of six tense days, with a journalist, a floppy-haired mayor, a police negotiator, and the sinister face of the pharmaceutical industry, they - and we - begin to understand why ...
AMAZING. Get reading all of these, if you haven't already.
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