Getting and keeping young people reading.
I was in high school when I first took part in the North East Teenage Book Awards and it was this that seriously ignited my love for reading. I honestly cannot thank my high-school librarian enough for encouraging me to pick up books of all sorts and to take part in these awards. Some of my favourite books of all time were discovered when I was reading the shortlist each year.
And this year it's another bumper crop of amazing UKYA. This awards really highlights the best of young adult fiction in the UK. So in the run up to the award ceremony, I'll be sharing my thoughts and feelings, picking a winner of my own, and giving you the chance to win the book of your choice from the shortlist.
In Bloom by Matthew Crow
My Second Life by Faye Bird
Salvage by Keren David
Say Her Name by James Dawson
She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgewick