Crowned at the fancy award ceremony in Surrey earlier on, James said of the prize: “The Queen of Teen, unlike the majority of other major children’s book awards, forgoes a panel of experts or steering committees and relies on young adults aged between nine and 18 to crown a winner.
"I was the first ever bloke to be nominated, which opened the gates to a more diverse shortlist. The seeming lack of focus – is it for 'girl’s books'; is it a UK prize; should men be allowed on the shortlist – has caused some confusion amongst authors, but I think the organisers have created a fanocracy. There is only one remit – to celebrate teen fiction.”
Previously: The 2014 Queen of Teen shortlist has been released.