Louise O’Neill wins the YA Book Prize

Posted on 20th March 2015 by Rob Chilver
Louise O’Neill was announced as the winner of the inaugural YA Book Prize for her debut novel Only Ever Yours.
Only Ever Yours
by Louise O'Neill (Quercus)

Congratulations to Louise O'Neill on winning the innaugral YA Book Prize with Only Ever Yours.

The judges praised O’Neill for her “startling and refreshing” take on the dystopian genre. Melissa Cox, head of range and children’s at Waterstones, said Only Ever Yours is a “fantastic and challenging book that pulls no punches”. 

The other nine books that were in contention for this year’s prize were:

• A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond (Hodder Children's Books)
• Salvage by Keren David (Atom/Little,Brown)
• Say Her Name by James Dawson (Hot Key Books)
• Half Bad by Sally Green (Penguin)
• Finding a Voice by Kim Hood (O'Brien Press)
• Lobsters by Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen (Chicken House)
• Goose by Dawn O'Porter (Hot Key Books)
• Trouble by Non Pratt (Walker)
• Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)

The YA Book Prize 2015 is the first in the UK and Ireland to specifically focus on fiction for young adultst. Open to young adult novels published in the UK or Ireland between 1st January and 31st December 2014, the prize celebrates great books for teenagers and young adults and aims to get more teens reading and buying books.

To be eligible, a book can be written in any genre – romance, realism, dystopia or fantasy. The only requirement is that the author must have been resident in the UK or Ireland six months prior to publication.

The judging panel, led by Children's Editor for The Bookseller Charlotte Eyre, comprises leading industry figures such as World Book Day director Kirsten Grant, Waterstones children’s buyer Melissa Cox, vlogger Rosianna Halse Rojas and freelance journalist Imogen Russell Williams. Teen readers themselves were also involved in the final judging process and five from across the UK and Ireland were asked to vote for their favourite titles.


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