Malorie Blackman has received a special achievement award to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first novel in her ground-breaking YA series, Noughts & Crosses.
Chair of the YA Book Prize judges Caroline Carpenter said: “We are delighted to honour the Queen of UK YA, Malorie Blackman. During her 30-year career as an author she has inspired generations of young readers, not only through her own writing—including the seminal Noughts & Crosses books—but also during her stint as Children’s Laureate, which saw the founding of the UK’s first Young Adult Literature Convention. Congratulations to Malorie and to all of this year’s shortlisted authors!”
Malorie’s award was revealed on 3rd March 2021 as The Bookseller’s YA Book Prize announced its 2021 shortlist and The Bookseller’s article can be found here. Malorie was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize in 2017 for Chasing the Stars and for Crossfire in 2020.
This award is the third ever YA Book Prize Special Achievement Award to be awarded.