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Young Readers Awards 2018

The only book awards curated by bookshops, chosen by booklovers

And the winners are...

BAMB Readers Awards logo 2018


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:



The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle



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 TownsendMorrigan 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 WelfordAlfie 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 StevensWhen 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 HardyTwins 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 DoyleOnce 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 AdeyemiTomi 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 PullmanThe 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 HardingeMakepeace 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 McCaughreanSummer, 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 ColesPaige 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?

Vote & Competition - Terms and Conditions

10 x winners will win a £100 (€120) National Book Token gift card.

  • By entering into this vote and prize draw, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • To be entered into the prize draw, at least one vote must be received for an award category.
  • Winners will be drawn from votes received through the main voting page at as well as votes placed by young readers (aged 7-18) through the Young Readers Award voting page at Duplicate entries will not be accepted. 
  • The prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives.
  • By entering, entrants acknowledge that the prize draw is a game of chance, which does not involve exercising any skill or judgement.
  • The public vote and prize draw close at 23:59 on 4th November 2018. 
  • Voters are allowed one vote per award category; the outcome of the popular vote will directly determine the winner of each category.
  • The competition is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents except employees of the Booksellers Association, Book Tokens Ltd and employees of participating bookshops.
  • Entrants agree to Book Tokens Ltd using their details in post-competition publicity. Your details will not be used for any other purpose, or passed onto any third parties, unless specified.
  • Book Tokens Ltd. will only use your email address and other personal information as outlined in our privacy policy.
  • We will contact winners by email. In the event of a winner not responding after 7 days, we reserve the right to allocate the prize to another winner.
  • The promoters’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  • Promoter: Book Tokens Ltd, 6 Bell Yard, London, WC2A 2JR.

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