Francesca’s first YA novel The Monstrous Child has been shortlisted for the prestigious YA Book Prize. The winner will be announced at a special event at Hay Festival on 1st June.
Other books on the shortlist are:
Malorie Blackman’s Chasing the Stars
Crongton Knights by Alex Wheatle
The Call by Peadar O’Guilin
The Graces by Laure Eve
Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
How not to Disappear by Clare Furniss
Riverkeep by Martin Stewart
Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
The prize, which was set up by The Bookseller magazine, is run in association with Hay Festival and World Book Day. It’s the first prize in the UK and Ireland to specifically focus on literature for a YA audience.