The WeRead Award has been organised in partnership with Tales on Moon Lane, a specialist children's bookshop which was the winner of the Walker Independent Children's Bookshop of the Year in 2008 and 2011, and is voted one of Time Out's 'Top Five' London Bookshops. The WeRead Award was Time Out’s “Critics Choice” for Events in November 2008 and 2009 when it was part of the Beyond Words Festival.
For 2016, we have six new and exciting books on our shortlist, which once again boasts a very wide range of topics in historical and contemporary settings. They included The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson, Gypsy Girl by Kathryn James, Railhead by Phillip Reeve, Sawbones by Catherine Johnson, The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness and The Lie Tree (the Costa Award Winner for 2016) by Frances Hardinge.
We are enormously grateful to our readers for writing such thoughtful and insightful reviews, which we think you will find inspiring. Here are just some of their comments:
"I found that this book was very difficult to put down, and so found myself reading much more than I am used to!"; "I could read it again and again without getting bored:; "Personally I really liked this novel but I assume it is rather like Marmite, love it or hate it"; "...a story which entices you to read to the next page"; "...I had no idea how things would end but Julia has surprises right to the end"; "Although I don't read books that often I especially liked this book"; "I would recommend this book to anybody"; "I promise you won't be let down"; and "AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!"
We think that you will agree with our reviewers that our selected books have that essential ingredient: UNPUTDOWNABILITY.