Waterstones Booksellers announced the shortlists for the 2017 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Three YA titles made the list: Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence (Hachette Children’s Group), Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfiled (Egmont UK) and The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Penguin Books).
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.
In Paper Butterflies, June feels trapped like a butterfly in a net living with her stepmother and stepsister. But then June meets Blister, a boy in the woods. In him she recognises the tiniest glimmer of hope that perhaps she can find a way to fly far, far away from her home and be free.
In The Sun Is Also a Star, Natasha, a girl who doesn’t believe in fate, is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica when she meets Daniel, a boy on his way to a life-changing college interview. Daniel has always been the good son, never the dreamer. But something about Natasha makes him think that fate has something extraordinary in store for them.
The other nominated titles in the older readers category are as follows:
- Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar (Walker Books)
- Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit (Penguin Books)
- The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy (Pushkin Children’s Books)
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 will be announced at a special event held at Waterstones Piccadilly, Europe’s largest bookstore, on Thursday 30th March 2017.
To view the complete list of nominated titles in all categories, visit Waterstones.com.