This year’s shortlist, as always, offers something for everyone .  From history to mystery, war to adventure, from horror to thriller, with monsters and ghosts, stories set at home and abroad, in the past and in the present, all of our shortlisted books are guaranteed to keep y7/8 readers turning the pages and with lots to talk about.

This year more than ever, our shortlisted books are packed full of important issues and ideas and they will definitely get you thinking -  prejudice, protest, war, not judging by appearances, courage, death, environmental impact, positive activism and much, much more...

What's more, our shortlisted titles show the importance of being kind: to ourselves, to each other, to our community and to the world we live in.

Which one are you going to start with?  Click on the covers below to find out more about each book and its author.

Don’t forget to email us your bookish thoughts and opinions on each of the titles then check out our other great reading suggestions on each of the shortlist pages until the winner is announced in June.

Read Between the Lies
Malcolm Duffy

Tom Palmer

The  Haunting of Tyrese Walker
J P Rose

Fight Back
A M Dassu

Truth or Dare
Sophie McKenzie