Lancashire Book of the Year (LBOY) is 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.
The eleven titles have been chosen and are being read by our young judges.
16-year-old songwriter Nova is having the best summer of her life. Helping out with her parents' food truck, she gets to attend not one, but five different music festivals! Things get even better when she meets cute American boy, Sam, an aspiring musician like her.
A Japanese teenager, Mizuki, is worried about her grandfather who is clearly desperately upset about something. He says that he has never got over something that happened in his past and gently Mizuki persuades him to tell her what it is.
Ross Molloy just wants to be normal. He doesn't want to lose his hair, or wear a weird hat, or deal with the disappearing friends who don't know what to say to 'the cancer kid'. But with his recent diagnosis of a rare eye cancer, simply blending in is no longer an option.
Luka Kane has been inside hi-tech prison the Loop for over two years. A death sentence is hanging over his head but his day-to-day routine is mind-numbingly repetitive. Then everything changes. Soon, Luka has to face a new reality: breaking out of the Loop might be his only chance to save himself - and the world
Norah Whittaker's upbringing has been charmingly unconventional: she's grown up on a houseboat spending her days fishing, cherry picking and helping her mum out at her vintage market stall. As well as laughing at her chaotic dad. But when her dad's latest get-rich plan ends up getting him arrested, everything changes
Granville is in a mess. The streets are infested with Charge, a deadly synthetic drug concocted by an enigma known as The Chemist. Tommy finds himself in the midst of scandal, as terrifying danger closes in on him; drugs, deaths and deception
Los Angeles, 1992. Ashley Bennett and her friends are living the charmed life. It's the end of high school and they're spending more time at the beach than in the classroom. They can already feel the sunny days and endless possibilities of summer. But everything changes one afternoon in April, when four police officers are acquitted after beating a black man named Rodney King half to death.
This year the longlist is made up of 68 fiction titles which you can borrow or download. You can find all the titles on our catalogue.
The year I didn't eat by Samuel Pollen (paperback)
The year I didn't eat (eBook)
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