ORANGEBOY wins Waterstones Children’s Book Prize


Waterstones Booksellers announced the winners of the 2017 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Patrice Lawrence’s YA novel Orangeboy took the prize in the older readers category.

In Orangeboy, sixteen-year-old Marlon has promised his widowed mum that he’ll be nothing like his gang-leader brother Andre. But everything changes when Marlon’s first date with the beautiful Sonya ends in tragedy; he becomes a hunted man and he has no idea why. Marlon has little choice but to enter Andre’s old world of guns, knives and drug runs in order to uncover the truth.

The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize is an annual award which celebrates new talent in children’s and young adult literature published in the U.K. The winners of the awards were announced at a special event held at Waterstones Piccadilly, Europe’s largest bookstore.

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Lucy Nisbet

Lucy is an English teacher-in-training and a self-confessed book nerd. She often buys more books than she can reasonably afford or possibly have time to read. Her Hogwarts letter is now several years too late, but she’s sure it’s just gotten lost in the post.

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