Now the dust has settled, the pink champagne drunk, the pink nibbles eaten, the Book People are delighted to be able to join the legions of fans, publishing professionals and young adult authors in celebrating the reign of newly crowned Queen of Teen 2014 – James Dawson, the award’s first male winner (or #BoyQueen on Twitter).
Part of a hugely talented group of very high profile YA authors (and slightly intimidating competition, I’m sure you’d agree!), in James Dawson Queen of Teen certainly has a worthy award winner and reputable advocate for teenage readers, teen writing and UK-based children’s authors.
With stiff competition for the award including S. C. Ransom, Beth Reekles, Holly Smale, John Green, Cathy Cassidy, Tonya Hurley, Cassandra Clare, Natasha Farrant and Veronica Roth standing in his way, teen fiction fans voted in their thousands to ensure the Hollow Pike, Cruel Summer and Say Her Name author could take his rightful place on the Queen of Teen throne. With the huge success of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska in recent years – we’ll be honest – we thought this year’s award was John Green’s for the taking. The fact that the 2014 award has gone to James Dawson is not only testament to James’s talent as an author of teen thrillers, but the loyalty and hard work of his dedicated fans!
In recent years teen books have had a resurgence, with a number adapted (or currently being adapted) into very successful YA films including Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, The Giver by Lois Lowry and Queen of Teen nominee Veronica Roth’s Divergent. The success of these films has paved the way for an insurgence of interest in the gifted writing talent represented at this year’s Queen of Teen award. Teens, now more than ever, are engrossed and engaged by the magic of books: the stories they tell, the immersive worlds they create, the characters they introduce and the teen issues these characters confront and address.
And long may it continue!
If you weren’t fortunate enough to attend the Queen of Teen coronation ceremony this year, take a look at the glamorous photos on the Book People Facebook page or watch the video highlights of the event on the Book People YouTube channel.
Hail to the Queen!