Young Adult books as film are big box office

MatchedThe Twilight and Harry Potter movie franchises may be finished but Young Adult fiction is still big news at the box office. With cinematic sequels due for Divergent and The Maze Runner and the final outing for the phenomenally successful Hunger Games sequence still to come it seems that dystopian fiction in particular is box office gold. But dystopias are not the only Young Adult novels getting the Hollywood treatment so if bleak futures aren’t your thing maybe you will find something else more appealing amongst this selection of some of the best Young Adult tomes currently in production:

Fallen by Lauren Kate. Forbidden love pulses at the heart of this dark paranormal romance. When Luce meets Daniel she has an intense feeling that they have met before, but how is that possible when she knows for a fact that they haven’t?

FallenMatched by Allie Condie. Cassie lives in a society where every life choice is made for her including who her life partner will be but when she falls in love with someone who isn’t her match Cassie decides it’s time to make some choices of her own. This is the first book in an exciting dystopian trilogy.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Two young magicians’ fates intertwine when they are used as pawns in the power games of their older masters and The Night Circus becomes the stage for a fantastical tale of magic, love and rivalry.Wither

Paper Towns by John Green. An unusual coming of age tale from the author of the hugely popular The Fault in Our Stars. When the girl Quinten love’s mysteriously disappears he embarks on an epic and life changing road trip across America to find her.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Photography and text are used to startling effect to tell the story of sixteen year old Jacob. Sent to a remote Welsh island following a family tragedy he discovers the remains of an orphanage and within its Thirteen reasons whycrumbling walls some very unusual photographs which may hold clues to the fate of the strange children who used to live there.

Wither (The Chemical Garden Book One) by Lauren DeStefano. Rhina lives in a world where due to faulty genetic engineering women die at the age of 20 and men at 25. With only four years left to live Rhina is kidnapped and sold into a polygamous marriage with a rich young man. In order to escape and reunite with her twin brother she must first learn who she can trust amongst the other wives and servants of her new household come prison but the clock is ticking.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Thirteen names on a list, thirteen cassette tapes and thirteen reasons why teenager Hanna Baker took her own life. Compelling, tragic and utterly believable.

Branford Boase award longlist is announced

Bone Jack

City of halves The longlist for the 2015 Branford Boase award has been published.

It includes the YA Book Prize-shortlisted Trouble by Non Pratt and Half Bad by Sally Green.

The Branford Boase award is given every year to the author and editor of a debut children’s novel. 60 books were submitted this year- when the prize was launched 15 years ago, they only had a dozen entries.

Chair of the judging panel, Julia Eccleshare said “It’s been hugely encouraging to watch the submission numbers grow. The children’s book market today is extremely vibrant, and this longlist features 18 very varied books by interesting new authors.”

Bone Jack by Sara Crowe, edited by Charlie Sheppard and Eloise Wilson – paranormal

A Room full of Chocolate by Jane Elson, edited by Naomi Greenwood . A story of friendship, family and pot bellied pigsHalf bad

The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss, edited by Jane Griffiths 5* rated story

Cowgirl by Giancarlo Gemin, edited by Kirsty Stansfield Set in Wales, growing up on an estate

Half Bad by Sally Green, edited by Ben Horslen – 5* again Paranormal

Shadow of the Wolf by Tim Hall, edited by David Fickling and Bella Pearson. Historical fiction, Robin Hood

The Executioner’s Daughter by Jane Hardstaff, ed. S Paskins. Adventure, set in Tower of London

Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen, edited by Carmen McCullough and Lauren Buckland. Scifi-ish story of being trapped in a tower block

City of Halves by Lucy Inglis, edited by Imogen Cooper. Paranormal

Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall, edited by Sarah Hughes. Scifi

True Fire by Gary Meehan edited by Sarah Lambert Fantasy

Trouble by Non Pratt, edited by Annalie Grainger & Denise Johnstone-Burt. Story of pregnant school girl

Leopold Blue by Rosie Rowell, edited by Emily Thomas – eBook version South African fiction

The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis, edited by Jane Griffiths Story of trying to lift a curse from a homeless man.

Dandelion Clocks by Rebecca Westcott, edited by Alexandra Antscherl

These will be ordered:

Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret by D. D. Everest ed. by Alice Swan and Toni Markiet

Broken Strings by Maria Farrer, edited by Helen Thomas

Valentine Joe by Rebecca Stevens, edited by Rachel Leyshon

10 great books for Young Adults

TroubleThere is a new prize for Young Adult books and 10 books are in the running. The Bookseller YA Book Prize 2015 of £2000  will be awarded at a ceremony at Foyles Charing Cross on March 19 2015.

The YA Book Prize was set up by The Bookseller Magazine, sponsored by story publishing site Movellas and in association with World Book Day and The Reading Agency.

Finding a voiceCharlotte Eyre, Children’s Editor for The Bookseller, said of the young adult fiction prize: “The shortlist reflects the wide diversity of YA books being written and published in the UK and Ireland at the moment – from horror and dystopia to realism and literary fiction. There are some experienced, seasoned authors on the list (David Almond, Marcus Sedgwick) as well as some really exciting debut authors (Louise O’Neill, Sally Green).”

You can read all but one of the books now, see below, the other one is on order. Some brilliant stuff.

Goose – Dawn O’Porter

Salvage – Keren David

Only Ever Yours – Louise O’Neill

Ghosts of Heaven – Marcus Sedgwick

Trouble – Non Pratt

Finding a Voice – Kim Hood

Say Her Name – James Dawson

A Song for Ella Grey – David Almond

Half Bad – Sally Green

Lobsters – Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen