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David Levithan’s ‘Every Day’ wins the UKLA Book Award!

Every Day, David Levithan’s story of a character who wakes up in a different body every day and has to do no harm to those he has taken over – until he falls in love, was one of the winners at the UKLA (United Kingdom Literary Association) Book Award. Winning in the 12-16+ awards category, the book really is special. Similar in style and themes to John Green, it takes a mature look at the lives of young adults and the trials and tribulations they face. Described as ‘a highly original book which is handled with real integrity’ by the UKLA.

Philip Reeve and Sarah Macintyre’s Oliver and the Seawigs was the winner in the 7-11 category and was praised for the way it appealed to reluctant readers, with the UKLA saying: ‘It has been written and illustrated with such wit and so many highly original ideas that it reaches out to everyone’.

The final winner, for the 3-6 age group, was a huge favourite with Book People staff and customers – Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers’ The Day the Crayons Quit. The story of some crayons who are bored of their day-to-day life (e.g. blue is fed up of being used for sea and sky) and go on strike, it’s a hilarious picture book that appeals to children and adults alike.

The UKLA Book Awards are voted for by teachers, showing which books have proven to be popular in classrooms across the country. All of us here at the Book People congratulate the winners and hope you will seek out these amazing books.


The Man Booker longlist for 2014 has been announced

The longlist for 2014’s Man Booker Prize has been announced and contains some bestselling authors in the shape of David Mitchell, Ali Smith and David Nicholls. With American authors also eligible for the first time in the prestigious award’s history, four writers from the States are also in with a chance of winning this literary prize – Joshua Ferris, Siri Hustvedt, Richard Powers and Karen Joy Fowler. Now a truly global award, the 13 names will be whittled down to six during September as we head towards the announcement on 14 October.

A varied list that celebrates the most exciting authors and stories in contemporary fiction, the winner will receive £50,000 prize money and also see their profile raised considerably. The Book People wishes all the Man Booker longlisted authors the best of luck as they aim to succeed Eleanor Cotton’s The Luminaries.

The Man Booker Prize 2014 Longlist:

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris

The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan

We are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

The Blazing World – Siri Hustvedt

J – Howard Jacobson

The Wake – Paul Kingsnorth

The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell

The Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee

Us – David Nicholls

The Dog – Joseph O’Neill

Orfeo – Richard Powers

How to be Both – Ali Smith

History of the Rain–  Niall Williams


Queen of Teen 2014 – Veronica Roth

The countdown to crowning the new Queen of Teen is on! Here at the Book People we thought we’d take a closer look at those young adult authors lucky enough to be shortlisted. To find out more about Queen of Teen, the authors’ teen books, and cast your vote, visit www.queenofteen.co.uk.

Veronica Roth Queen of Teen

Veronica Roth

After writing the Divergent series, which has subsequently inspired a popular Hollywood run of films, Veronica Roth is regarded as one of the brightest new talents in literature. The Hunger Games meets I Am Number Four in the Divergent series and Tris is surely up there with Katniss Everdeen as one of the most inspirational characters from modern young adult fiction.

Set in a dilapidated version of her hometown of Chicago, Roth mixed science fiction, politics and a love story to great effect in the Divergent series. A novel which urged young readers to ask questions about the world in which they lived – and what it could become – these are important reads that became global bestsellers almost instantly, and with the success of the film, are still appealing to new readers now. At just 25 years old, Veronica Roth is already an author tipped for bigger and better things. Can she be Queen of Teen 2014 too? Vote for Veronica at www.queenofteen.co.uk/vote


Queen of Teen 2014 – S. C. Ransom

The countdown to crowning the new Queen of Teen is on! Here at the Book People we thought we’d take a closer look at those young adult authors lucky enough to be shortlisted. To find out more about Queen of Teen, the authors’ teen books, and cast your vote, visit www.queenofteen.co.uk.

Sue Ransom

S. C. Ransom

A senior headhunter in her day job, Sue Ransom made great use of her long commute by writing Small Blue Thing as a birthday present for her young daughter – on her Blackberry! After being picked up by Nosy Crow and being published by her pen name S. C. Ransom, the novel quickly became a hit with young readers everywhere and is now part of a bestselling trilogy, which has culminated in S. C. Ransom taking her place on the prestigious Queen of Teen shortlist for 2014.

Alex finds a mysterious new bracelet which allows her to see ghosts. After meeting – and falling for – Callum in St Paul’s Cathedral, she finds herself in a quandary about how to make their relationship work. Callum is everything boys at school are not – kind, attentive and romantic – but he’s also trapped in limbo with no hope of escape. He also appears to be hiding some dark secrets… If you fell for this supernatural love story, vote for S. C. Ransom at www.queenofteen.co.uk/vote


Queen of Teen 2014 – Natasha Farrant

The countdown to crowning the new Queen of Teen is on! Here at the Book People we thought we’d take a closer look at those young adult authors lucky enough to be shortlisted. To find out more about Queen of Teen, the authors’ teen books, and cast your vote, visit www.queenofteen.co.uk.

Natasha Farrant
Natasha Farrant

A favourite not only with Red House, but also in our FaberShop, we’re so excited to see Natasha Farrant, the author of The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby, shortlisted for Queen of Teen 2014. A born-and-bred Londoner, who is three-quarters French with a little bit of Dutch thrown in, Natasha writes grown-up books for teens that cover many difficult subjects with plenty of heart.

After the wartime story of The Things We Did for Love, Natasha turned her attention to Bluebell, a character who has left a mark on young adult fiction. Just 13 years old, Bluebell reveals her innermost thoughts about life, grief, family and friendship through a series of diary entries and video transcripts. After the death of Bluebell’s twin sister Iris, the family are all trying to cope in different ways, with her parents seemingly more interested in their careers than their remaining children… If you love Natasha’s work, vote for her atwww.queenofteen.co.uk/vote!


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