Booktrust Teenage Prize 2010

Latest update 'The Booktrust Teenage Prize is no longer running'

Established in 2003, the Booktrust Teenage Prize recognised the best in contemporary writing for teenagers. Unique in its involvement of teenagers in the judging process, giving four winners of a short story competition the opportunity to debate and vote on the shortlisted books with the adult judging panel, the Prize garnered a reputation for earmarking very special writers often early in their career, including Mark Haddon, Patrick Ness, Marcus Sedgwick and Anthony Macgowan. The Booktrust Teenage Prize was last awarded in 2010 and is no longer running.

  • Winner

    Unhooking the Moon

    Gregory Hughes

    Bob has a stubborn younger sister with disturbing fits and upsetting premonitions. She foretells her best friend's murder, their dog's disappearance and her father's death. Bob calls her the Rat.

Gregory Hughes is a first-time writer who had an eventful childhood himself. Expelled from a Liverpool Jesuit school as a young teenager, he found himself in a home for boys and then in a detention centre. He has continued to lead a colourful life, working as a removal man, sleeping rough in Times Square, taking his GCSEs in his 20s and now working as a deep-sea diver, which he says inspires his creativity. The novel was written whilst Gregory was living in Iceland and sleeping on the floor of a room so small that he could touch both ends of the room while standing in the middle.


Read an interview with Gregory

About the shortlist

Global adventures abounded in the 2010 shortlist, which took in ancient Greece, a disease-ridden London, Malaga, New York, the Arctic Circle and post- independence Zimbabwe as teenage protagonists struggle in search of their identity, and sometimes for their very survival.

A mother and daughter-writing partnership, Young James Bond author, previous Booktrust Teenage Prize winner, deep-sea diver, descendant of an international cricketer, and former editor of Ellegirl UK were all shortlisted.


  • Halo

    Zizou Corder
  • The Enemy

    Charlie Higson
  • Unhooking the Moon

    Gregory Hughes
  • Revolver

    Marcus Sedgwick
    Orion Children's Books
  • Out of Shadows

    Jason Wallace
    Andersen Press


About the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2010

Established in 2003, the Booktrust Teenage Prize is a national book prize that recognises and celebrates the best in contemporary writing for teenagers.


For more information about the prize contact Claire Shanahan.