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 longlist of 60 fiction titles the shortlist was announced on 5th March 2019 with each one guaranteed to be a really good read, endorsed by the young people of Lancashire.
The final judging by the young people will take place at County Hall on Tuesday 25th June 2019 and the Celebration Day and announcement of the 2019 winner will be Friday 5th July 2019 at The University of Central Lancashire.
by Fiona Shaw
by Siobhan Curham
by Katy Cannon
by Lauren James
by Sarah Crossan
by S M Wilson
by Nathan Parker
by Paula Rawsthorne
by Holly Bourne
by Taran Matharu
by Penny Joelson
Why not join in? If you're aged between 12 and 14 take a look at this year's titles. Find all the shortlisted titles on our catalogue. 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.
Revealed at a special ceremony at the University of Central Lancashire on Friday 6 July 2018 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 2018 is Sue Wallman for See How They Lie.
by Sue Wallman
As well as giving a star rating or writing a review, you can join in conversations online.
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.
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.