Books Are My Bag Readers Awards - Young Adult

The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards are one of a kind. They're the only book awards with shortlists curated by bookshops - and the only major awards voted for by book-lovers. These awards are organised by the Booksellers Association and sponsored by National Book Tokens.

The Winner - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give
By Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - Sixteen-year-old Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend by a police officer. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice.

The Shortlist

By Alice Broadway

Ink by Alice Broadway - Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever. Leora is desperate to see her father's memory preserved, but in a world where your life story is written on your skin, will he prove worthy?

Welcome to Nowhere
By Elizabeth Laird

Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird - Omar and his family are driven from their Syrian home by war, taking with them only what they can carry. Yet no matter how far they run, the shadow of war follows them - where do you go when you can't go home?

By Clémentine Beauvais

Piglettes by Clementine Beauvais - Mireille, Astrid and Hakima are voted the three ugliest girls in their school, but does that mean they’re going to sit around crying about it? Well… yes, a bit, but not for long! A wickedly funny road-trip story.

Things a Bright Girl Can Do
By Sally Nicholls

Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls - Through rallies and marches, in polite drawing rooms and freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women join the fight for the vote.

By Patrick Ness

Release by Patrick Ness - It’s Saturday, it’s summer and, although he doesn’t know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn’s life is going to fall apart. A new classic about teenage relationships, it's the most tender and personal novel from Patrick Ness yet. 


The other Books Are My Bag awards categories are here: Novel, Non-Fiction, Middle Great 7 - 11, Young Adult and Popular Fiction