NETBA winner 2024

And the winner is...

We' couldn't be happier to announce that the winner of the 25th NE Teen Book Award is Josh Silver with his dark dystopian thriller, Happy Head.
Our judges loved the tension, the discussion of mental health issues and the LGBTQ+friendly themes.

Huge congratulations to Josh on his  NETBA win and to his publisher,  Rock the Boat.  

Luckily, the sequel, Dead Happy,  was published just last month and is every bit as electrifying as Josh's debut novel.  We know his many NETBA fans are going to love it just as much!

Josh  kindly created a brilliant video message especially  for our NETBA judges.

Click on the link below to find out more!

Highly Commended

Voting was exceptionally close this year so we just had to give a special mention to previous NETBA winner, Cynthia Murphy, for her unguessable, unputdownable thriller,  The Midnight Game.  

Huge thanks for another spine-chilling read!

Congratulations to all the authors and publishers on this year's incredible shortlist; only the very best books make the NETBA cut so you're all winners in our book!   Thanks for keeping us reading.

Thanks to the schools who took part in the judging process too for your enthusiastic and thoughtful contributions.     

Here's to next year!