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Winner of Queen of Teen 2014 – James Dawson

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 2014James Dawson, the award’s first male winner (or #BoyQueen on Twitter).

James Dawson - Queen of Teen 2014 | The Book People

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!


Voting closes 8 July – Queen of Teen 2014

Hear ye, hear ye! You, the loyal subjects of the 2014 Queen of Teen nominees, haven’t long left to cast your vote to help your favourite young adult author take the throne and be crowned Queen of Teen 2014. Voting closes midnight 8 July 2014!

 

This year’s shortlist is a very talented and diverse one, but who deserves your vote? Will it be Beth Reekles, Cassandra Clare or does Holly Smale sound like a better choice of queen to you? Or perhaps you want to see the first male Queen of Teen in James Dawson or John Green? And we certainly shouldn’t forget Natasha Farrant, S. C. Ransom, Tonya Hurley and Veronica Roth – all very worthy prospective royals!

 

The most-regal children’s book award ceremony in the kingdom, Queen of Teen 2014 (hosted by the Book People) is a celebration of the incredible authors that YOU love. Place your vote here and have your say! Remember, voting closes midnight 8 July – so act fast to ensure you’re favourite teen author is proudly crowned Queen of Teen.


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 – Tonya Hurley

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.

Tonya Hurley Queen of Teen

Tonya Hurley

After writing the bestselling Ghostgirl series, Tonya Hurley turned her attention to a slightly older audience with Precious Blood and Passionaries, books which made up part of the Blessed series. A story that asked what the world would be like if martyrs and saints lived amongst us, the books are completely captivating and wonderfully dark and gritty. It’s a delight to see Tonya shortlisted for 2014’s Queen of Teen award!

Having worked as a film-maker and in the music industry, Tonya’s experience held her in good stead as she decided to try her hand at writing and set to work on the Blessed trilogy. Agnes, Cecilia and Lucy are three rebels running from their lives and themselves, all plagued by broken hearts and shattered dreams… But then they’re told they belong amongst those saints and martyrs… Vote for Tonya Hurley 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


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