The Bookseller YA Book Prize was held at Hay this year. Malorie Blackman chaired the event and started the proceedings by presenting the wonderful Melvin Burgess with a special achievement award to mark 20 years since the publication of Junk.
One by one, the short listed authors came onto the stage and spoke about their books. Ten fantastic titles were listed: Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe, Unbecoming by Jenny Downham, The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson, The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne, The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo by Catherine Johnson, The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, One by Sarah Crossan and Asking for It by Louise O'Neill.
I am so pleased that I didn't have to decide on the winner! All powerful, well written books, covering a wide range of subjects, each one is a fantastic read. The atmosphere in the tent was wonderful- really excited - as the winner was announced.
Sarah Crossan took the prize with her book, One. Written in poetry, it tells the story of conjoined twins, Tippy and Grace. Beautifully written and very moving, it is an excellent read and a very worthy winner- so CONGRATULATIONS!