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 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.

 

This is the shortlist of books chosen for the 2019 award. Read one (or all of them) - give a star rating - write a review. Follow @lancspublib #LBOY2019 on Twitter and @lancslibraries on Facebook..

2019's shortlist

Outwalkers book cover

Outwalkers (hardback)

Outwalkers (paperback)

Outwalkers (eBook)

by Fiona Shaw

Don't stop thinking about tomorrow book cover

Don't stop thinking about tomorrow (paperback)

Don't stop thinking about tomorrow (eBook)

by Siobhan Curham

How to write a love stroy book cover

How to write a love story (paperback)

How to write a love story (eBook)

by Katy Cannon

The loneliest girl in the universe book cover

The loneliest girl in the universe (paperback)

The loneliest girl in the universe (eBook)

by Lauren James

Moonrise book cover

Moonrise (paperback)

Moonrise (hardback)

Moonrise (eBook)

by Sarah Crossan

The Extinction Trials book cover

The Extinction Trials (paperback)

by S M Wilson

The Disappearance of Timothy Dawson book cover

The Disappearance of Timothy Dawson

by Nathan Parker

Shell book cover

Shell (paperback)

by Paula Rawsthorne

It only happens in the movies book cover

It only happens in the movies (paperback)

It only happens in the movies (eBook)

by Holly Bourne

Summoner The Outcast book cover

Summoner The Outcast (paperback)

Summoner The Outcast (hardback)

by Taran Matharu

Girl in the window book cover

Girl in the window (paperback)

by Penny Joelson

Join in for 2019

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.

2018's winner

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.

See how they lie book cover

See How They Lie

See How They Lie (eBook)

by Sue Wallman

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 #LBOY2019 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