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Femi Fadugba and Tanya Byrne shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2022

The YA Book Prize shortlist for 2022 has been revealed, and featured on the 10-strong shortlist are Femi Fadugba and Tanya Byrne. Femi Fadugba is shortlisted for his debut novel The Upper World (Penguin), a dual narrative sci-fi thriller following the story of a teenage boy, Esso, who can see glimpses of the future, and of a fostered girl, Rhia, fifteen years in the future, who is desperately seeking for answers about the past when her path crosses with Esso's; and Tanya Bryne for her fourth novel for a young adult audience - Afterlove (Hachette) - a gripping tale of first love with a supernatural twist, which follows the story of a teenage girl, Ash, who is killed in a car accident and must choose between becoming a Reaper gathering souls for the afterlife or seeing her first love Poppy again.

The YA Book Prize was launched in 2014 by The Bookseller to celebrate great books for teenagers and young adults written by authors resident in the UK and Ireland. Last year’s award went to Alice Oseman for her novel about a romance-obsessed teenager who realises that she is aromantic and asexual, Loveless (HarperCollins Children’s Books). The Bookseller has this year partnered with The Edinburgh International Book Festival on the prize for the first time.

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