The author of shortlisted book Finding a Voice chats to us.
The author of Half Bad answers our questions about her shortlisted book.
Our judging panel consists of five teenage book fans and a team of book trade gurus including:
Jo Anne has over seventeen years experience as a bookseller, beginning at Barnes & Noble in Detroit before moving to London. She has been a specialist Children's bookseller at Foyles since 2004 and is currently Head of the Children's department at the flagship store on Charing Cross Road.
Melissa Cox is head of children’s buying at Waterstones and has worked for the chain for seven years. She is now based at the company's flagship Piccadilly store in London but started as a shopfloor bookseller at the Romford shop. She was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2013.
Charlotte Eyre is the children’s editor at The Bookseller magazine, where she is responsible for coverage of the children’s and YA book market. She also helped programme the Children’s Bookseller Conference.
Kirsten Grant is director of World Book Day, the biggest trade-wide celebration of reading and books for children and teens in the UK and Ireland. She has worked in children’s publishing for 18 years and was formerly marketing and campaigns director at PuffinBooks.
Erin is 15 years old and currently doing her GCSEs. She's a passionate reader and a former Bookseller intern.
Rick is a radio presenter with Ireland's national broadcaster RTE, newspaper columnist, book blogger and reading advocate.
Rodrigo is 13 years old. He is an Ambassador on Movellas and winner of Hidden Powers: A Fantasy Writing Competition. He loves YA books because of the range of emotions and diversity in all of them.
Philip Reeve is the author of the award-winning Mortal Engines series and Here Lies Arthur, which won the Carnegie Medal in 2008. He has collaborated with illustrator Sarah McIntyre to create Oliver and the Seawigs and Cakes in Space, and is writing a new YA novel.
Rosianna is an award-winning video-blogger at https://www.youtube.com/rosianna with over 4 million video views. Since 2006, she has vlogged regularly about her favourite books, including a wide range of YA titles. Rosianna lives in London where she works remotely for American YA author John Green.
Imogen Russell Williams writes about classic and contemporary children's literature for the Guardian Online, and reviews books for the Metro newspaper. She also works as an editorial consultant, specialising in middle grade and YA fiction.
Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) BA, MA, MFA, is a journalist, speaker, and consultant specializing in book publishing and its digital disruption. He is Associate Editor of The FutureBook for London’s The Bookseller. His "Porter Anderson Meets" newsmaker interviews for The Bookseller are also read at The FutureBook, and he conducts those interviews live on Twitter with the hashtag #PorterMeets.
His "Writing on the Ether" column about publishing is read at ThoughtCatalog.com, which is among the world’s 50 largest sites tracked by Quantcast. He programmed the Master Class events of the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair's inaugural Business Club, and his consultancy is a media partner with London Book Fair. He programmed the inaugural uPublishU Author Hub for BookExpo America 2014 (BEA) and his talk, “What is the Literature of Our Business?” was a closing keynote address at The Next Chapter conference in Stockholm.
He has interviewed the author-activist Hugh Howey in live sessions at both PubSmart in Charleston and Klopotek’s Publishers Forum in Berlin. He moderated the inaugural Authoright London Author Fair, and is a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington on Literature, 2014. Anderson’s media outlets have included CNN-USA, CNN International, CNN.com, and The Village Voice. His diplomatic posting to Rome with the United Nations made him the World Food Programme’s first Creative Advisor and Multimedia Manager, and he has served as Executive Producer for the Danish government’s INDEX: Design to Improve Life in Copenhagen. More is at PorterAndersonMedia.com