2021 YA Book Prize Shortlist

The 10 titles shortlisted for the YA Book Prize in the UK have been announced. This year they are also giving their third ever YA Book Prize Special Achievement Award to Marjorie Blackman, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first novel in Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses series. Here are the 2021 shortlisted titles:

And The Stars Were Burning Brightly (And The Stars Were Burning Brightly, #1)

And the Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando

Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle (out in the U.S.)

Eight Pieces of Silva

Eight Pieces of Silva by Patrice Lawrence

Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson (out in the U.S.)

The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff (released in April 2021 in U.S.)

Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury (out in U.S.)

Loveless by Alice Oseman (released in November 2021 in U.S.)

Melt My Heart

Melt My Heart by Bethany Rutter

A Snowfall of Silver

A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood

Wranglestone (Wranglestone, #1)

Wranglestone by Darren Charlton

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – March 5


Add these new children’s books by Black authors to your kids’ shelves – SheKnows

Kid Lit community launches auction to help combat anti-Asian racism – SLJ

Little Simon launches children’s book graphic novel series – Forbes

Opinion: Why schools should rethink Dr. Seuss – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Prolific children’s author Jane Yolen readies 400th book – Mass Live


Brooklyn librarian becomes unlikely star with her bilingual story time – NPR

Libraries are an essential service. Give librarians the vaccine now – Newsweek

‘We can hardly keep them stocked’: why books by Black authors are flying off the shelves – CBC


Author Patrick Ness on shifting from book to screen for his story ‘Chaos Walking’ – Black Girl Nerds

Disney’s cancelled LGBTQ-themed ‘Nimona’ movie would’ve starred Chloe Grace Moretz, Riz Ahmed – But there’s still hope – Collider

I stopped reading because I couldn’t see myself in books. So I wrote one instead, Gary Lonesborough – The Guardian

In ‘Girlhood,’ teens across the globe write about their everyday lives – NPR

March 2021’s 12 best YA books, including Leigh Bardugo’s latest – Pop Sugar

Netflix series in the works for debut novel ‘Firekeeper’s Daughter’ – WXYZ