Caroline Carpenter, The Bookseller's web editor and one of the panel of judges said: "We’re delighted to share this year’s YA10, showcasing the breadth and brilliance of YA publishing in the UK and Ireland today. Among the submissions, we saw three main trends: books about teenagers struggling with their mental health, books set in or around water, and books increasingly concerned with borders. These timely themes reflect some of the biggest issues facing not just young people, but also society in general at the moment, and they are all represented on the shortlist in some way. I’m excited to see which book the judges select as their victor.”
...a truly refreshing read, and Bluebelle is a wonderful, honest and utterly hilarious narrator to fall in love with. This book will make readers think about body image in a whole new way... Laura Dockrill has such a unique writing style and her poetic freshness is a joy to behold. One second, you are laughing big belly laughs at her turn of phrase, and the next, you are crying There is so much food for thought in Big Bones, making it a book for teenagers to savour, and, above all, enjoy.
A know-it-all teenager, Bluebelle, aka BB or Big Bones, has all the answers when it comes to being overweight... Attempts by health professionals or her mother to get her to address the issue are just so much blah, blah, blah — until a no-nonsense nurse calls her “obese” and hands her a food diary to fill in... BB mostly uses the diary to address her life and those around her in superior terms. She’s insufferable — but also very witty. Plot-wise, the novel is as inert as the wordy narrator and, like her, only really gets moving towards the end.