And the winner is……..

250 excited students, librarians and teachers gathered at the Centre for Life on Friday to hear Acid announced as the winner of this year’s NE Teen Book Award.  It was a hotly contested title and so we also awarded Highly Commended to Kerry Drewery for A Dream of Lights.

We were thrilled that all of the shortlisted authors could join us for the award party this year.  It was fascinating to meet them and to hear the story behind our favourite books.  We’re very grateful to every one of them for giving up their time so generously.

Thanks to our student judges for some awesome author introductions and insightful book comments, to the publishers for their support and to Seven Stories for brilliant bookselling.

Do let us know what you thought of the evening by posting your comments and photographs.

And of course if you have any suggestions for next year’s shortlist get in touch!


The Savages by Matt Whyman

What happens when the teenage daughter from a family with extreme tastes in meat-eating starts dating an outspoken vegetarian? Sasha is smitten by Jack, and wishes her parents would approve. For Titus and Angelica, it’s one more challenge in creating a stable home for their brood. While angelic baby Katya is set to cut her teeth, their son struggles at school. Ivan does his best to be accepted, but that’s tough when he’s been secretly raised to become the ultimate hunter gatherer. Welcome to the world of THE SAVAGES – a breed apart from your average household, here’s a darkly delicious treat for anyone who’s ever been embarrassed by their own flesh and blood.

Other books by the author

Gold Strike



Boy Kills Man

The Wild


Inside the Cage

The So Below Trilogy


Book trailer link


Author website

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Hold me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride


The Quietness by Alison Rattle

When fifteen-year-old Queenie escapes from the squalid slums of nineteenth-century London, she has no idea about the dangers of the dark world she is about to become embroiled in. Initially thrilled at being taken on as a maid for the seemingly respectable Waters sisters, Queenie comes to realise that something is very wrong with the dozens of strangely silent babies being ‘adopted’ into the household. Meanwhile, lonely and unloved sixteen-year-old Ellen is delighted when her handsome and charming young cousin Jacob is sent to live with her family. She thinks she has finally found a man to fall in love with and rely on, but when Jacob cruelly betrays her she finds herself once again at the mercy of her cold-hearted father. Soon the girls’ lives become irrevocably entwined in this tension-filled drama. THE QUIETNESS is a novel of friendship and trust in the darkest of settings.

Book trailer link

Interviews with Alison

Author website

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A Dream of Lights by Kerry Drewery

Yoora is a teenage girl living in North Korea, dreaming of the lights of foreign cities while eking out a miserable existence in a rural northern village. But then she makes a mistake: she falls in love. With someone far removed from her social class. Someone dangerous to know. When tongues start to wag, her father is executed and she is taken to a prison camp in the mountains. There, escape seems even further from her grasp. But Yoora is about to learn an important lesson: love can surprise you, and it can come in many forms…

Other books by the author

A Brighter Fear

Author website

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Pantomime by Laura Lam

R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimeras is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide. Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.

Other books by the author

Shadowplay (coming soon)

Publisher’s site with chapter sample

Some interviews with Laura

Author website

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The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Blood Tracks by Paula Rawsthorne

Gina is a runner. With her feet pounding the ground and her dad watching, she feels as though she can fly. But when her dad dies in dramatic circumstances, Gina refuses to accept the explanations she is given. Struggling to find the truth, Gina finds herself plunged into a world far removed from the one she has known; a world of lies, crime and betrayal. A world that will make her question everyone and everything around her. And a world she can’t run from.

Other books by the author

The Truth about Celia Frost

Book trailer link (Paula reading from Blood Tracks)

Author website (Includes sample chapter) (Interview)

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Acid by Emma Pass

2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID – the most brutal, controlling police force in history – rule supreme. No throwaway comment or muttered dissent goes unnoticed – or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a bloody crime she struggles to remember.

The only female inmate in a violent high-security prison, Jenna has learned to survive by any means necessary. And when a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID – and to uncover the truth about what really happened on that dark night two years ago.

Other books by the author

The Fearless (coming soon)

Some interviews with Emma

Author website

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