Winner of the YA Book Prize 2018: After the Fire by Will Hill

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Winner of the YA Book Prize 2018: After the Fire by Will Hill


On
31st May 2018 the winner of The YA Book Prize 2018 was announced as After the Fire by Will Hill from Usborne Publishing. The winner
was disclosed and the £2,000 prize was awarded by Marcus Bridgstocke at Hay Festival.




After the Fire by Will Hill

The Bookseller describes After the Fire as ‘the story of teenage girl Moonbeam, who is
trying to come to terms with her past and prepare for a new life after
leaving behind the cult she grew up in. It is loosely based on the
stand-off between the Branch Davidian religious sect and the American
authorities in Texas, a conflict which led to the death of more than 80
people in 1993.’ 

Author Will Hill told The Bookseller: “The novel
isn’t a retelling of that event, but it was definitely the catalyst for
writing it. I wanted to explore how someone would feel when their entire
world ends, and how they would even start to think about moving forward
afterwards.”

After the Fire fought off stiff competition
from a diverse shortlist made up of ten titles aimed at the young adult market:


The One
Memory of Flora Banks
by Emily Barr 





S.T.A.G.S by M A Bennett 





Moonrise by Sarah Crossan 





Release by Patrick Ness 





La Belle
Sauvage
(The Book of Dust Book 1) by Philip
Pullman 



Straight
Outta Crongton

by Alex Wheatle
 

Things a
Bright Girl Can Do
by Sally
Nicholls 


It Only
Happens in the Movies
by Holly
Bourne 


Indigo
Donut
by
Patrice Lawrence





The
Bookseller
also
awarded a YA Book Prize Special Achievement Award to Stripes Publishing
and the authors of its YA anthology A Change is Gonna Come, to recognise their work
in tackling the lack of diversity in YA publishing in the UK and Ireland.


Launched
in 2014, the YA Book Prize is award to a young adult title written by an author
living in the UK or Ireland. It is the first UK and Ireland prize specifically
focusing on fiction for young adults and addresses an important need for a
prize in the growing YA and teen market. The prize celebrates great books for
teenagers and young adults, aiming to get more teens reading and buying books.


Previous
winners
of the prize are Louise O’Neill’s Only Ever Yours (2015), Sarah Crossan’s One (2016) and Patrice
Lawrence’s Orangeboy
(2017).


If you’re interested in reading some great YA novels, check out my reviews for All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven or Ink by Alice Broadway.

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