Author Philip Reeve and journalist Rick O’Shea have joined the line-up of judges for The Bookseller’s inaugural YA Book Prize.
O’Shea, who is a presenter of national Irish radio channel RTE, said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be doing this. I love judging things! Seriously, I’m a lifelong hardcore reader and after becoming a book advocate in Ireland in the past couple of years, this is genuinely thrilling.”
Also joining the line-up are: Jo-Anne Cocadiz, children’s book buyer at Foyles; 13-year-old Rodrigo Raimundo-Ramos, who is an ambassador for the prize’s sponsor, Movellas; and 15-year-old former Bookseller intern Erin Minogue.
They join previously announced judges World Book Day director Kirsten Grant; Waterstones children’s books buyer Melissa Cox; journalist Imogen Russell Williams; and Rosianna Halse Rojas, vlogger and assistant to YA author John Green.
A team of teenage readers, recruited from across the UK and Ireland, will write reports on their favourite shortlisted titles, which the judges to take into consideration when deliberating.
The deadline for publishers to submit titles for consideration for this year’s prize is 31st October.