Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year

Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year

About The Award

The rationale behind the Teen & Young Adult category was to further sub-divide the children’s categories in a way that made more sense in terms of target audience and we hope that the three-category format will address the issue.  This category is aimed at readers aged 12 years and over. Dept 51 @ Eason are the first sponsors of this category which is currently one of the hottest trends in publishing.

Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year 2020

Savage Her Reply

By Deirdre Sullivan, Illustrated by Karen Vaughan

Aífe marries Lir, a chieftain with four children by his previous wife. Jealous of his affection for his children, the witch Aífe turns them into swans for 900 years. Retold through the voice of Aífe, Savage Her Reply is unsettling and dark, feminist and fierce, giving voice to a woman from fairytale whose story has never before been told. The story is told in Sullivan’s trademark rich, lyrical prose as developed in Tangleweed and Brine, the multiple award-winner which established Sullivan as the queen of witchy YA.


The 2020 Shortlist

by Joseph O’Connor
Normal People
by Sally Rooney
Midwinter Break
by Bernard MacLaverty
Solar Bones
by Mike McCormack

Previous Winners

2019 – Other Words for Smoke 
by Sarah Maria Griffin

2018 – The Weight of a Thousand Feathers 
by Brian Conaghan

2017 – Tangleweed and Brine 
by Deirdre Sullivan illustrated by Karen Vaughan

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