Sarah Crossan is today, Thursday 2nd June, announced as the winner of The Bookseller’s YA Book Prize 2016 for One, published by Bloomsbury Books.
One, a novel about conjoined twins written in free verse, was chosen as the unanimous winner by the judges, who praised Crossan’s exquisite writing style, thrilling plot, and masterful handling of teen issues.
Crossan beat off competition from nine other authors to win the prize and was chosen by a team of eight industry and media judges and four young readers.
She was presented with the award at a ceremony at Hay Festival, Wales presented by author and former children’s laureate Malorie Blackman.
The YA Book Prize, now in its second year, is the only prize to specifically focus on fiction for young adults by authors based in the UK and Ireland.
The judging panel, led by Eyre, comprised of leading industry figures:
• Bim Adewunmi, writer and editor
• Charlotte Eyre, children’s editor of The Bookseller
• Peter Florence, director of Hay Festival
• Kirsten Grant, director of World Book Day
• Jonas Herriot, librarian and chair of Youth Libraries Group (YLG) London
• Kate McHale, YA buyer at Waterstones
• David O’Callaghan, youth book buyer at Eason
• Katherine Woodfine, author and director of YALC
• Four students from Hereford Sixth Form College
During the winning ceremony, author Melvin Burgess also received a special achievement award to mark the 20th anniversary of the classic YA novel Junk (Andersen Press).