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Welcome to the YA Book Prize 2021
Congratulations to the winner of the YA Book Prize 2021, Loveless by Alice Oseman (published by HarperCollins Children's Books)!
Loveless is a coming-out story about Georgia, a romance-obsessed teenager who realises that she is aromantic and asexual. The judges called it “a joyful book that truly promotes celebrating our differences”.
Reacting to her win, Alice Oseman said: “Loveless was the most difficult creative project of my life, and I am so utterly thrilled that it has won such a prestigious award. The UK is home to such an incredible and unique YA literature community, it’s an honour to have been chosen as this year’s YA Book Prize winner.”
The rest of the books on the shortlist were: Wranglestone by Darren Charlton; Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson; And the Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando; Eight Pieces of Silva by Patrice Lawrence; The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff; Melt My Heart by Bethany Rutter; Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury; Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle; and A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood.
Find out more about the shortlisted books and authors here. Download the first chapter of every book on the shortlist and find discussion points for them, as well as Q&As with all the authors, here. You can also take part it in our YA Book Prize shortlist reading challenge on StoryGraph here.
We also gave the third ever YA Book Prize Special Achievement Award to the Queen of UK YA and former Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first novel in her seminal YA series, Noughts & Crosses.
We know you love YA fiction so our aim is to showcase the best YA from the UK and Ireland, awarding the YA Book Prize every year to a novel that our expert judges, including young people, think is something special.
Previous winners include Louise O'Neill's Only Ever Yours (2015), Sarah Crossan's One (2016), Patrice Lawrence's Orangeboy (2017), Will Hill's After the Fire (2018), Sara Barnard's Goodbye, Perfect (2019), and Juno Dawson's Meat Market (2020).
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