Leeds Book Awards 11-14 Category

Today we’ll be giving you a quick run down of the books shortlisted in the 11-14 Category

Anthem for Jackson Dawes – Celia Bryce


Megan Bright and Jackson Dawes are two teenagers who first meet each other on the hospital ward where they are both being treated for cancer. Megan is scared and worried about her illness, but Jackson seems to be an old hand, having been on the ward for ages. And everybody loves Jackson! He is a whirlwind of life and energy, warmth and sparkle. Megan will need to borrow some of Jackson’s extraordinary optimism to face her and Jackson’s future.

Great reviews already coming in for this emotional rollercoaster of a book. 

Just a quick note here – We’re excited to announce that Celia Bryce will be running a writing workshop in Pudsey Library Thursday 10th April 2-3pm call 0113 2476016 for more!


After Tomorrow – Gillian Cross


The British economy has collapsed, money is worthless and no one is safe. Matt and his little brother flee to France for safety; their mother said it would be safe on the other side. She was wrong. When they get there life isn’t much better. What will happen to Matt and his brother? How will they survive? Will they survive?…

Gillian Cross has won several awards for her writing, Let’s see if the good reviews on the LBA site so far can help her win this one!


How to be Invisible – Tim Lott


Strato Nyman couldn’t be more of an odd-one-out. He’s the only black kid in Hedgecombe-upon-Dray, he knows more about particle physics than his teacher, and he’s constantly picked on by school bully Lloyd Archibald Turnbull. It’s only at home that he blends in to the background – his parents are too busy arguing to notice he exists. But one day, Strato picks up a dusty old book in a mysterious bookshop and learns how to become invisible. He soon discovers that people aren’t always what they seem and realizes standing out isn’t so bad after all.

We’re looking forward to hearing your reactions to this books with an interesting subject matter from an author who has been writing Young Adult fiction since 2007.


The Poison Boy – Fletcher Moss


The Poison Boy is Dalton Fly, a lowly food taster to the rich, who has a lucky escape after drinking poison-laced wine. But his mate is less fortunate, and Dalton wants answers. Who murdered his friend, and what were they really after?

With the help of his friend Sal Sleepwell and the aristocratic Scarlet Dropmore, whose life he unwittingly saved, he sets out to rescue his city from the poisoners within.

A dark and thrilling murder mystery from the winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Prize 2012


Blood Tracks – 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.

Having received very positive reviews everywhere, we’ve got high hopes for Paula Rawsthorne’s 2nd novel.


Geek Girl – Holly Smale


Harriet Manners knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. She knows that bats always turn left when exiting a cave and that peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

But she doesn’t know why nobody at school seems to like her.

So when Harriet is spotted by a top model agent, she grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her best friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of impossibly handsome model Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

Veering from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, Harriet begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did.

As her old life starts to fall apart, will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

A multi-award winning and best selling Author?! Let see how this book gets on with the school children of Leeds! We’re excited!


For more information about the Leeds Book Awards, the ceremony and to submit reviews go to the website here > http://www.leedsbookawards.co.uk/2014/

Stay tuned to find out about the Leeds Book Awards 14-16 Category next week.