There were so many amazing books shortlisted for the 2017 YA Book Prize, but Patrice Lawrence took centre stage with her incredible novel, Orangeboy. A worthy winner in our opinion. Check out Orangeboy's synopsis below, we recommend you all read it right away!
Sixteen-year-old Marlon has promised his widowed mum that he'll be good, and nothing like his gang-leader brother Andre. It's easy when you keep yourself to yourself, listening to your dead dad's Earth, Wind and Fire albums and watching sci-fi.
But everything changes when Marlon's first date with the beautiful Sonya ends in tragedy; he becomes a hunted man and he has no idea why. With his dad dead and his brother helpless, Marlon has little choice but to enter Andre's old world of guns, knives and drug runs in order to uncover the truth and protect those close to him. It's time to fight to be the last man standing.