Becoming Dinah by Kit de Waal – Kit de Waal responds to classic Moby-Dick by tearing the power away from obsessive Captain Ahab and giving it to a teenage girl.
Heartstopper Volume One by Alice Oseman – Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. An LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between.
"I Will Not Be Erased": Our stories about growing up as people of colour by gal-dem – Fourteen essays inspired by raw material from their teenage years from gal-dem, the magazine created by young women and non-binary people of colour.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas – The second novel from another previous Readers Awards-winner, this is a story about hip hop, freedom of speech and fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you.
Proud by Various Authors (foreword by Juno Dawson) – An anthology of stories and poetry by top LGBTQ+ YA authors and new talent, giving their unique responses to the broad theme of pride.
Toffee by Sarah Crossan – When Allison runs away, she doesn't expect to be taken in by an elderly woman with dementia, who mistakes her for an old friend.
Candice Carty-Williams (Queenie) – Candice Carty-Williams is an author, journalist and screenwriter. In 2016, Candice created and launched the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, the first inclusive initiative of its kind in book publishing. As a journalist she has written for BEAT Magazine, Black Ballad, Refinery 29, Guardian, i-D, Vogue International, Sunday Times Style and more. She will probably always live in South London. Queenie is her debut novel.
Kerry Hudson (Lowborn) – Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen. Her first novel, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma, won the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust First Book Award and was shortlisted for an array of prizes including the Guardian First Book Award and the Sky Arts Awards. Thirst, her second novel, won the prestigious prix Femina etranger. Lowborn is her first work of non-fiction.
Onjali Q. Rauf (The Boy at the Back of the Class) – Onjali Q. Raúf is the founder of Making Herstory, an organisation mobilising men, women and children from all walks of life to tackle the abuse and trafficking of women and girls in the UK and beyond. In her spare time she delivers emergency aid convoys for refugee families surviving in Calais and Dunkirk, and supports interfaith projects. She specialised in Women’s Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Oxford University. The Boy at the Back of the Class is her first novel.
Greta Thunberg (No One is Too Small to Make a Difference) – Greta Thunberg was born in 2003. In August 2018, she started a school strike for the climate outside the Swedish Parliament that has since spread all over the world and now involves over 1 million schoolchildren. The movement is now called Fridays For Future. Thunberg has spoken at climate rallies across Europe. She has won the prestigious Prix Liberté and been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Thunberg is vegan, and doesn't fly, in order to live a low-carbon life.
Ocean Vuong (On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous) – Ocean Vuong is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds, winner of the Whiting Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. His writings have also been featured in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is his first novel.
Raynor Winn (The Salt Path) – Since travelling the South West Coastal Path, Raynor Winn has become a regular long-distance walker and writes about nature, homelessness and wild camping. She lives in Cornwall. The Salt Path is her first book. It is a Sunday Times bestseller, winner of The Royal Society of Literature Christopher Bland Prize and was shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Biography Award and Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2018.