UKLA Book Awards - 2018 UKLA Book Awards - 2018

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3 - 6 Years - Shortlisted titles

Oi Dog! Board Book
Kes Gray, Claire Gray
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | Winner of the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Younger Children Category All fans of rhymes will love the witty and simple words in Oi Dog!. The rule says Dogs sit... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 09/03/2017
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The Darkest Dark
Chris Hadfield
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Astronaut Chris Hadfield describes the special moment in his childhood that sparked his fascination with space and started the journey that has so far taken him to the International Space Station three times.... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Odd Dog Out
Rob Biddulph
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Odd Dog Out has all the qualities that made Blown Away and Grrrrr! so popular with critics and readers! The pages - filled with dazzling displays of stylishly-dressed dogs on the move... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/01/2017
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The Night Gardener
Terry Fan, Eric Fan
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award February 2017 Debut of the Month This beautiful book demands and repays careful reading. Grimloch Lane is a quiet place and its residents hurry up and down in silence. At night it... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/02/2017
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It Starts with a Seed
Laura Knowles
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award The life cycle of a tree is beautifully described in this outstanding book. A narrative poem alongside exquisite illustrations describes all the different stages, from the moment a sycamore seed falls onto the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedColin and Lee, Carrot and Pea
Morag Hood
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award One of our Books of the Year 2016 | July 2016 Debut of the Month Simplicity is the charm of this picture book story of the unlikely friendship between very different vegetables.... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 16/06/2016
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3 - 6 Years - Longlisted titles

Reader ReviewedPigeon P.I.
Meg McLaren
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Murray McMurray is a private eye in the Philip Marlowe tradition – laconic, cool, sharp. I'd say he's hard-boiled, only this PI is a pigeon and it seems impolite. When a gorgeous blonde... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2018
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Reader ReviewedGoodnight Everyone
Chris Haughton
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Perfect for the end of every day, award-winning Chris Haughton captures the soothing time as the sun goes down and all the animals begin to fall into a deep sleep….All except Little Bear... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2017
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My Name is Not Refugee
Kate Milner
Shortlisted for the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award June 2017 Book of the Month Simple enough for the youngest child to understand and certain to prompt feelings of empathy in readers of all... Featured in: 7+ readers | 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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A Perfect Day
Lane Smith
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In this follow up to the beautiful There Is a Tribe of Kids, Lane Smith's bright and fresh artwork combines with his sharp wit and enormously appealing characters to create a story full... Featured in:
Format: Hardback | Released 23/02/2017
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The Wolf Who Cried Boy!
James O'Neill
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award The villagers and the wolves are terrified of each other - and none more so than our two unlikely heroes, a little boy and a little wolf. But when their two worlds collide... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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My Pictures After the Storm

Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award A gust of wind, an elephant, a dive bomb, a spell: this funky “before and after” book will have you chuckling!What happens to a lion after the storm? His mane is swept... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2017
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Don't Cross the Line!
Isabel Minhos Martins
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In Don't Cross the Line, The guard always follows the general's orders without question. This time, the order is that no one must cross the line. The right-hand page of this book must... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2017
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Grandad's Secret Giant
David Litchfield
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award This picture book from David Litchfield, author of the Waterstones-Prize winning The Bear and the Piano, is a GIANT story of belonging and friendship. This gentle story reminds us of the things and people... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2017
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Under the Same Sky
Britta Teckentrup
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award With its dedication, ‘For a united world …', Britta Teckentrup's new picture book is a celebration of the things that bring us all together.... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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Grumpy Frog
Ed Vere
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Join Grumpy Frog as he learns about compromise and tolerance, friendship and the power of saying sorry. A hilarious book with a twist in the tail about getting - and getting rid of... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Counting with Tiny Cat
Viviane Schwarz
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Quirky and inventive as ever, Viviane Schwarz brings her playful genius to the counting book. Tiny Cat goes from having no woolly red balls (‘None' says the text opposite Tiny Cat looking wonderfully... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Hardback | Released 02/03/2017
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A First Book of Animals
Nicola Davies
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award What a wonderful book to give to a child. It's one which will inspire a real interest in nature and the creatures that share... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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The Storm Whale in Winter
Benji Davies
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In The Storm Whale in Winter Benji Davies creates a story of love and courage that is tender, touching and feels utterly true. As winter draws in Noi misses the little whale he... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedA Child of Books
Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 Award-winning storyteller and artist Oliver Jeffers and typographic fine artist Sam Winston have created an extraordinarily adventurous and original picture book which, through words... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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You Must Bring a Hat
Simon Philip
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award A party invitation is at the centre of this highly entertaining and amusing story. It states that guests must bring a hat, but it appears that there are more entry requirements too, and... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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Old Hat!
Emily Gravett
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award June 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017 In glorious illustrations about hats of all kinds Emily... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 18/05/2017
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Bottle of Happiness, A
Pippa Goodhart
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award A new fable that goes full circle as it explores the value of possessions against values of friendship and fun. This story offers lots for children to think about and learn from, illustrated... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 22/09/2016
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7 - 11 Years - Shortisted titles

Reader ReviewedWelcome to Nowhere
Elizabeth Laird
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a nutshell: the lives of a Syrian family brought vividly and sympathetically to life for young readers | This is an excellent book for young people who want to know what... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedLesser Spotted Animals
Martin Brown
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a nutshell: not your average animal book | This is no ordinary animal book, you won't find the usual suspects in its page, no tigers, pandas, bears here. Instead be prepared... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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The White Fox
Jackie Morris
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Interest Age 8-12 | In a nutshell: a wild creature leads a boy home | Full of magic, myth and a wonderful sense of family, and illustrated throughout with Jackie Morris's beautiful,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2017
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Yours Sincerely, Giraffe
Megumi Iwasa
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Giraffe is bored, as usual. He'd love a friend to share things with. So he writes a letter and sends it as far as possible across the other side of the horizon. There... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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The Street Beneath My Feet
Charlotte Gullian
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Detailed, ingenious and graphically beautiful this information book opens, as the best do, with an invitation to young readers to stop and wonder as they're asked to think about what is going on... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/03/2017
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Me and Mister P
Maria Farrer
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a nutshell: an unusual friend makes things better | Arthur is understandably surprised when Mr P turns up at his door expecting to stay: Mr P is a huge polar bear... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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7 - 11 Years - Longlisted titles

Reader ReviewedFish Boy
Chloe Daykin
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award March 2017 Debut of the Month In a sparely written but richly imaginative story, Chloe Daykin sensitively explores what it feels like... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2018
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The Pest in the Nest Book 2
Julian Gough
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Gorgeously illustrated and with a classic feel, this is a brilliantly funny story of a rabbit and a bear who discover that things are always better when they're shared with a friend. Ideal... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedGood Dog McTavish
Meg Rosoff
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: dog to the rescue in witty domestic satire | This characteristically sharp and witty comedy of modern life by Meg Rosoff stars a rescue... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedThere May Be a Castle
Piers Torday
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a nutshell: the unbeatable power of the imagination | Piers Torday's beautifully written book is an extraordinary allegory, a story of courage and love, and of the life-affirming importance of stories.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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A Story Like the Wind
Gill Lewis
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017 Gill Lewis's A Story Like the Wind, a powerful and lyrical story about contemporary... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedAubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds
Horatio Clare
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award June 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017 A sequel to the award winning Aubery and the Terrible Yoot, Horatio Clare tells an entertaining new story... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedFootball School Season 1: Where Football Explains the World
Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Books with Facts The authors of this very entertaining book claim that there's no better way to learn about the world than... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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The Tale of Angelino Brown
David Almond
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award May 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017 Award-winning David Almond's new story for younger reader is a delightfully lightly told, warm-hearted story perfect... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedWhat Not to Do If You Turn Invisible
Ross Welford
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award January 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: invisible girl finds herself in the spotlight | Ross Welford is making a habit of putting his characters in unusual situations: the star... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/12/2016
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The Song from Somewhere Else
A. F. Harrold
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month November 2016 Award-winning A.F. Harrold blends reality and imagination in a moving and thought-provoking story about friendship, loneliness and being brave when things are... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 10/11/2016
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Reader ReviewedPodkin One-Ear
Kieran Larwood
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Story In a nutshell: rabbit heroes | rabbit villains | magic and heroism | ‘Stories aren't all about fighting and revenge. You have to have a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Peter in Peril Courage and Hope in World War Two
Helen Bate
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Peter is just an ordinary boy, who loves playing football with his friends and eating cake - until war comes to his city and the whole family have to go into hiding... This... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Road To Ever After
Moira Young
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Moira Young puts her own spin on the Christmas film classic It's a Wonderful Life in this delightful story of friendship and redemption. Young Davy David is an orphan living in a den... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/10/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Island at the End of Everything
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story | Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | In a nutshell: beautifully... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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The Goldfish Boy
Lisa Thompson
Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2017 A gripping debut middle-grade story skilfully told by debut novelist Lisa Thompson. Trapped indoors by... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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12 - 16 Years - Shortlisted titles

Reader ReviewedEncounters
Jason Wallace
April 2018 Book of the Month | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | In a Nutshell: Alleged alien encounter inspired by true events | An utterly absorbing novel based on the real-life phenomenon of a group of Zimbabwean schoolchildren... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedWe Come Apart
Sarah Crossan, Brian Conaghan
January 2018 Book of the Month | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a nutshell: unputdownable story, beautifully told | Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan are two of our most garlanded YA authors: she won the 2016... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/01/2018
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Frogkisser!
Garth Nix
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award A brilliantly funny take on fairytales and quests. Lovereading comment to follow. Garth Nix said: “Frogkisser! is one of those novels that just bubble out of the imagination and demand to be written... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 28/02/2017
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Where the World Ends
Geraldine McCaughrean
One of our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award May 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: beautifully written, totally original, mesmerising storytelling | In the summer of 1727 a... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/05/2017
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Saint Death
Marcus Sedgwick
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a Nutshell: Gangs dice with death under the gaze of Mexican folk saint. A thought-fuelling thriller set in a gang-run neighbourhood near the border of Mexico and El Norte (America). The... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Alpha Abidjan to Gare du Nord
Bessora
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Alpha hopes that his wife and little son are in Paris and he's desperate to see them. Denied a visa to travel he... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2016
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12 - 16 Years - Longlisted titles

The Hypnotist
Laurence Anholt
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | Winner of the Historical Association's Young Quills Award 2017 Jack has left his native Ireland and is making a new life as Professor of Neurology at a university in the American South. Skills... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/10/2016
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Kid Got Shot
Simon Mason
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Meet Garvie Smith. Reprobate, genius, waster, and sometime detective. Right in the middle of revision hell - until now. A boy from Marsh Academy has been shot, with no clear motive and no... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Out of Heart
Irfan Master
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Donating your heart is the most precious gift of all. Adam is a teenage boy who lives with his mum and younger sister. His dad has left them although lives close by. His... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2017
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Black Light Express
Philip Reeve
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a nutshell: dazzling journeys into other worlds | Philip Reeve continues to turn us all into railheads in his glorious new sci-fi adventure. The follow up to Railhead, this is... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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Wolf Hollow
Lauren Wolk
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | A young girl's kindness, compassion, and honesty overcome bullying. Powerful, poignant and lyrical, Wolf Hollow is an unforgettable story. Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedGoodbye Days
Jeff Zentner
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a Nutshell: Loss, friendship and the light of re-finding your way | An exceptional novel about grief, guilt and finding solace in celebrating loved ones' lives. I adored the author's haunting... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Hate u Give
Angie Thomas
Awarded the Amnesty CILIP Honour commendation from the Carnegie shortlist 2018 | Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | April 2017 Debut... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedOptimists Die First
Susin Nielsen
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award March 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: how to hope for the best even when you've been through the worst | Susin Nielsen puts her protagonists through the most... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Bone Sparrow
Zana Fraillon
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 and awarded the Amnesty CILIP Honour | Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016. In a Nutshell: Refugees | Resilience | Friendship ... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedLydia: The Wild Girl of Pride & Prejudice
Natasha Farrant
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a nutshell: Dances | Dreams | Determination Younger sister of Lizzy and Jane, Lydia Bennet is one of literature's great catalysts. Her actions are fundamental to the story of Pride... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Orangeboy
Patrice Lawrence
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | Winner of the YA Book Prize 2017 | Winner of Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017, Older Fiction category | Shortlisted for Best Crime Novel for Young Adults, CrimeFest Gala Awards 2017... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedPassing for White
Tanya Landman
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: brilliantly told story inspired by real life events A story of a daring escape made by two slaves, a young woman and... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedMind the Gap
Phil Earle
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Mikey thinks... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2017
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Lovereading4kids is pleased to support and co-sponsor the UKLA Book Awards this year. Run by the UK Literacy Association, what makes these awards so unique is that they are the only awards judged entirely by active classroom teachers, who are able to share the books with their classes and genuinely discover what works with young readers.

Chair of The UKLA Selection Panel, Lynda Graham says: “the quality of submissions this year was of a particularly high standard and the panel had no easy task, but we are confident that the teachers and schools involved in the judging will benefit enormously from the impact of these quality texts in their schools”

This year the judges for these unique book awards are teachers from Wales. They will read the longlisted books, share them with pupils and discuss them with their group leaders. Then they have the difficult task of choosing their shortlist of six books in each category, which has just been announced.


All the shortlisted and longlisted books are shown in this special category and we have exclusive extracts available right here for many of the titles.

The winners will be announced on July 6th at the 2018 UKLA International Conference in Cardiff.

For more information on the UKLA Awards visit www.ukla.org/awards or @UKLA

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