The Launch

The Bucks Book Award was launched on 24 September at Aylesbury Grammar School and we were extremely lucky to have not one, but two award winning authors attending the launch!

The launch was attended by several schools in Bucks who were enthralled by Patrice’s talk about her books, her inspiration and her amazingly diverse background.

Teri discussed the ideas behind Contagion and using her background in microbiology painted a picture of what could happen if ever there was an pandemic in the UK; scientists think we are ready…but are we? 

Both authors then shared the role of announcing our first ever Bucks Book Award Longlist.

Patrice Lawrence is an award-winning writer, whose debut YA novel, Orangeboy, won the Bookseller YA Prize and the Waterstones Prize for Older Children’s Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award and many regional awards.

Indigo Donut, her second book, was shortlisted for the Bookseller YA Prize, was Book of the Week in The Times, The Sunday Times and The Observer, and was one of The Times’ top children’s books in 2017.

Both books have been nominated for the Carnegie Award.

Teri Terry is a multi-award winning author based in Buckinghamshire. Her books have been shortlisted for several prestigious book awards.

Mind Games won the Portsmouth Book Award as well as SCBWI Crystal Kite for the British Isles. It was also nominated for the Carnegie medal!

Her latest book, Contagion was shortlisted for several regional awards, including the Crime Fest best YA crime novel.

Teri’s next release is Fated a prequel to the Slated series.