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First Gateshead YA Book Prize goes to The Territory

Many congratulations to Sarah Govett (right), whose debut novel The Territory has won the Gateshead YA Book Prize at the first ever Gateshead Biblio-Con. This compelling story about teenagers Noa, Raf and Jack, adrift in the dangerous world of 2059, was chosen by local schools and teen book groups as their favourite YA read of 2016. Read more about The Territory and The Territory, Escape here.

And great news too for Firefly's Jon Blake and Jennifer Killick, whose books Thimble Monkey Superstar and the as yet unpublished Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink - coming soon - have been chose for The Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge 2017. We're really looking forward to the challenge this year, which is on the theme of Animal Agents.



Congratulations too go to Hoxton Mini-Press, winner of the IPG Independent Publishing Nick Robinson Best Newcomer Award 2017, an honour hotly contested by the other shortlisted publishers, Firefly Press and Orenda Books. The award was presented at the inspiring IPG conference last week, which also saw Nosy Crow crowned Best Children's Publisher and academinc publishers Edward Elgar Publishing win the overall award for the Best Independent Publisher.