Lancashire Book of the Year

Lancashire Book of the Year - the longest running young people's regional book award in the country.

The award remains one of the few book awards in which young people themselves are solely responsible for choosing both the shortlist and the overall winning book.

The award is voted for by Year 9 students in high schools around the county. Each school is given a collection of books, submitted by publishers as being the best books they had produced for the 12-14 age group. The young people then read and shortlist the books before choosing the overall winner.

From a long list of fiction titles the shortlist was announced on 1st March 2018 each one guaranteed to be a really good read, endorsed by the young people of Lancashire.

The final judging by the young people will place at County Hall on Tuesday 26th June 2018 and the Celebration Day and announcement of the 2018 winner will be on Friday 6th July at The University of Central Lancashire.

2017's Winner

Revealed at a special ceremony at the University of Central Lancashire on Friday 7 July 2017 attended by all the young judges and the short-listed authors, we are happy to announce that the winner of the Lancashire Book of the Year 2017 is Natalie Flynn for The Deepest Cut.

Deepest cut by Natalie Flynn

The deepest cut

by Natalie Flynn


This is the shortlist of books chosen for the 2018 award. Read one (or all of them) - give a star rating - write a review. Follow @lancspublib #LBOY2018 on Twitter and @lancslibraries on Facebook..

2018's shortlist

All About Mia

All About Mia

All about Mia (eBook)

by Lisa Williamson

Cell 7

Cell 7

Cell 7 (audiobook)

by Kerry Drewery 



Fir (eBook)

by Sharon Gosling

The Graces

The Graces

The Graces (eBook)

by Laure Eve

FI have no secrets

I have no secrets

by Penny Joelson

Instructions for a secondhand heart

Instructions for a second hand heart

Instructions for a second hand heart (eBook)

by Tamsyn Murray

Margo and Me

Margo and Me

Margot and Me (audiobook)

by Juno Dawson

The one memory of Flora Banks

The One Memory of Flora Banks

The One Memory of Flora Banks (eBook)

The One Memory of Flora Banks (audiobook)

by Emily Barr

See how they lie

See How They Lie

See How They Lie (eBook)

by Sue Walkman

Show Stopper

Show Stopper

Show Stopper (eBook)

by Hayley Barker

The wrong train

The Wrong Train

The Wrong Train (eBook)

by Jeremy De Quidt


See the full 2018 Book of the Year longlist

Join in for 2018

Why not join in?  If you're aged between 12 and 14 take a look at this year's titles.  You can read all or some of them and the books can be reserved for you to collect from your nearest library. Alternatively why not check if they are available to download from our eBook library, for free, on to your phone or tablet.

Once you've read them, give a 'star' rating and write your own review.  We are keen to hear and share your views on these titles and your comments could help others to decide whether the book is for them!

If you need help ask at your library.

Share your reading

As well as giving a star rating or writing a review, you can join in conversations online.​

Twitter Icon Follow @lancspublib on Twitter for updates from us including other favourite reads. Let others know what you have been reading and what you thought about the books by using #LBOY2018 in your tweets.

Facebook Icon Follow @lancslibraries on Facebook for updates from us including other favourite reads. Let others know what you have been reading and what you thought about the books.


Volunteer in your local library

Are you aged 12 - 24 and passionate about reading?

Why not share your skills and help younger children (aged 4 - 11) improve their reading at one of our libraries. You'll be listening to children talk about the books they've read, recommending new titles and supporting them complete the Lancashire Reading Trail.

Volunteer to be a Reading Hack