And the winners are...
The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards are one of a kind. The shortlists are created by real booksellers from across the UK and Ireland, and all the voting is done by you - the public!
Hundreds of children and young adults from across the UK and Ireland voted for their favourite books in the Middle Grade and YA categories, and we're delighted to reveal the winners:
YOUNG READERS – MIDDLE GRADE:
The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle
YOUNG READERS – YA:
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman
Find out all the winners of the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2018.
Young Readers - Middle Grade Award shortlist
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend – Morrigan Crow is cursed, destined to die on her eleventh birthday. But, as the clock strikes midnight, she's whisked away to the secret city of Nevermoor and invited to join the Wundrous Society.
The 1,000-year-old Boy by Ross Welford – Alfie Monk is like any other nearly teenage boy… except he’s 1,000 years old. When everything he loves is destroyed, he sets out to find a different way to live – and to make sure he will eventually die.
A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens – When her grandmother passes away, Hazel travels to Hong Kong with her friend (and partner in solving crime) Daisy. But not only does an unexpected family member await, Hazel is also framed for murder!
Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy –Twins Arthur and Maudie set sail from Lontown on the winged ship Aurora to clear their father’s name after his death on an expedition. Will they find the answers they seek?
Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks and Quinton Winter – This extraordinary compilation features the stories of 100 famous and not-so-famous men, every single one of them a rule-breaker and innovator in his own way – and all who dared to be different.
WINNER: The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle – Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper. But as the battle to become the island's next champion rages, a more sinister magic is waking up, intent on rekindling an ancient war.
Young Readers - YA Award shortlist
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut, soon to be made into a film.
WINNER: La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman – The first book in Pullman’s eagerly-awaited new trilogy, this tells the story of 11-year-old Malcolm and his efforts to protect the baby Lyra.
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge – Makepeace has been possessed by a ghost, which may be her only defence in a time of dark suspicion and fear. Which is worse: possession – or death?
Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean – Summer, 1727. A group of men and boys are abandoned on a remote sea stack to harvest birds for food. Is it the end of the world? How can they survive?
A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood –When the Cardew family arrives in sleepy Cornwall for the summer, they draw 16-year-old Lou into a world of glamour… but is there something dark at the family’s heart?
Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles – Paige Turner finds out that Bennett’s Books – her haven and beloved place of work – is under threat of closure. Can she save the day? And will she be able to get gorgeous artist Blaine out of her head?