Sarah Crossan wins 2016 YA Book Prize

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one sarah crossanSarah Crossan’s free verse novel One won The Bookseller’s 2016 YA Book Prize, which honors the best YA books published by Irish and U.K. authors.

In One, Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change. No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love? But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart.

According to the Bookseller, Crossan didn’t expect to win, saying there were “some heavyweight books on the shortlist that have had a real impact on the YA community. Because the book is poetry, I thought it would be a niche book. I didn’t expect it to be so embraced or have commercial appeal, that has been surprising for me.”

Last year’s prize went to Louise O’Neill and Only Ever Yours.

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