YA Book Prize 2023 Winner

It is our great pleasure to confirm Danielle Jawando’s When Our Worlds Collided as the winner of this year’s YA Book Prize.

From the author of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2021-shortlisted And the Stars Were Burning Brightly comes a powerful and thought-provoking YA novel in which a stabbing outside a Manchester shopping centre unexpectedly brings together three teens from very different backgrounds. With insightful things to say about race, class and youth violence, When Our Worlds Collided combines page-turning storytelling with potent social comment.

 

“Though this is only Danielle Jawando’s second novel, she has already proven herself to be a powerful author of deeply affecting and authentic stories and a rising star of YA.”

CAROLINE CARPENTER, CHAIR OF JUDGES

The YA Book Prize Shortlist 2023

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Two titans of young adult writing combine to create a unique romantic fantasy following the stories of twin princesses separated at birth and what happens when their worlds collide.

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A powerful takedown of misogyny and toxic masculinity, Finch's time-slip tale focuses on a teenager seemingly condemned to witness the repeated demise of the eponymous girl for the rest of his life.

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From the author of the Good Girl's Guide to Murder trilogy comes a gripping cat-and-mouse thriller fizzing with suspense, as a group of friends en route to the beach end up in the crosshairs of a deadly sniper.

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From the author of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2021 shortlisted And the Stars Were Burning Brightly comes a powerful and thought-provoking new YA novel in which a stabbing outside a Manchester shopping centre unexpectedly brings together three teens from very different backgrounds.

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An uplifting story of sisterhood, music and not being afraid to stand out, The Songs You've Never Heard chronicles the friendship between a social media influencer trapped by her famous brother's reputation and a songwriter determined to go her own way.

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With the world due to end imminently, Aisha and her brilliantly drawn family undertake an eventful road trip across Malaysia to find her estranged sister June in this blazingly original and wonderfully affecting debut.

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A radical reimaging of the Persephone myth from the author of The Sin Eater's Daughter, Her Dark Wings pitches two friends into a dangerous journey into the Underworld.

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An epic, evocative queer romance that is also a heartfelt love letter to comics and storytelling, So's gorgeous debut is about two girls separated by an ocean but united by their love for fan-fiction.

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Soul-splitting rituals in the North Tower of a recently reopened College of Arts spell danger for roommates Lottie and Alice in this sexy, sinister supernatural YA thriller.

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A rollicking piratical yarn that tackles issues of slavery and empowerment, Kemosha of the Caribbean is the stirring tale of an escaped slave girl's adventures on the high seas from the bestselling author of Cane Warriors.

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Previous Winners

Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating
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Meat Market
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Goodbye, Perfect
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After The Fire
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Orangeboy
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One
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Only Ever Yours YA edition
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