Kernow Youth Book Awards 2017

by Emma Sewell
by Emma Sewell

For those of you outside of Cornwall, you’d be forgiven for not having heard of the Kernow Youth Book Awards.

All Kernow Youth Book Awards New Logothe titles in the Kernow Youth Book Awards are chosen by teens throughout Cornwall. They manage to highlight some of the best contemporary authors around. Last year’s award saw Juno Dawson take the top spot with Say Her Name. What’s in store for us this time around?

The Shortlist

Kernow Youth Book Awards Lost and the Found ClarkeThe Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke (Quercus Children’s Books 9781848663954)

No one saw Laurel Logan being abducted when she was six years old. No one but her younger sister, Faith. Faith’s life has been consumed by her sister’s disappearance. It’s a battle between her parent’s rocky marriage, media attention, and so-called friends. Thirteen years after the abduction, a young woman is found in the garden of their old house, clutching Laurel’s teddy bear. It’s Faith’s dream come true, she’s back, but it isn’t quite the happy reunion she might have been hoping for.

Kernow Youth Book Awards One CrossanOne by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 9781408827215)

Life isn’t easy when you’re a teenager, but for Tippi and Grace, it’s doubly difficult. They’re conjoined twins – united in blood and bone. They’re fed up of the staring, they just want some real friends, and perhaps the chance for love. The toughest decision of their lives is ahead of them, and it could change their lives forever.

Winner of the YA Book Prize 2016, Carnegie Medal 2016, CBI Book of the Year Awards 2016, and CLIPPA Poetry Award 2016.

Kernow Youth Book Awards Next Together JamesNext Together by Lauren James (Walker Books Ltd 9781406358056)

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again. Each time they are reborn they change history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love. But to be reborn, they must be tragically separated. How many times can you lose the person you love? What must they achieve to be left to live and love in peace?

Kernow Youth Book Awards Demon Road LandyDemon Road by Derek Landy (HarperCollins Children’s Books 9780008156923)

Amber Lamont is a normal sixteen-year-old, spending most of her time online to avoid her parents and their weird friends. But when a shocking encounter reveals a horrifying secret, Amber is forced to go on the run. Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers and red-skinned horned demons – Amber hurtles from one threat to the next. As her parents close in behind her, Amber’s only chance rests with her fellow travellers, who are not what they appear!

This is the first book in the Demon Road series.

Car-JackedCar-Jacked by Ali Sparkes (Oxford University Press 9780192733467)

It doesn’t matter how high your IQ is, when the car you’re in is hijacked, you’re as clueless as the rest of us. Jack Mattingly is a genius. He has an IQ of 170, speaks fluent Mandarin and Latin, and can calculate the square root of 1,673,549 in his head. None of that is going to change the fact he’s hiding in the back of, the now stolen, car.

Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award… and my personal favourite on the list. Nip over and read our review.


Kernow Youth Book Awards Art of Being Normal WilliamsonArt of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson (David Fickling Books 9781910200520)

David Piper has always been and outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two closest friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. Leo Denton is new to the school, and all he wants to do is be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year 11 was definitely not part of his plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy, because at Eden Park School, secrets don’t stay secret for long.

So there you have it, the Kernow Youth Book Awards‘ 2017 shortlist. Which one is your favourite? Let us know below.

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And remember to check out the shortlist on our website, where you can order the complete set.

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