Shortlist 2024

This year’s shortlist, as always, offers something for everyone . 
From recent history, romance and game-based horror, to gritty reality, a mystery thriller, chilling dystopia and some dark academia, all of our shortlisted books are guaranteed to keep our y9+ readers turning the pages .    There are books by established authors and some ones to watch.  We hope they tempt you into trying something just a little bit different. 

This year more than ever, our shortlisted books are packed full of important issues and ideas but with a twist.   They'll definitely get you thinking and talking -  prejudice, protest, courage, mental health, identity, perfection, positive activism, the undeniable power of books and libraries and much, much more...

Which one are you going to start with?  Click on the covers below to find out more about each book and its author.   Keep checking back - we're updating the website with new content all the time!

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 April.

Crossing the Line
Tia Fisher

Boy Like Me
Simon James Green

This Book Kills
Ravena Guron

The Midnight Game
Cynthia Murphy

Happy Head
Josh Silver

Every Exquisite Thing
Laura Steven