Gory books on teen list
Gritty novels about knife crime and violence have made it on to the shortlist for a prestigious teenage book award. The Knife That Killed Me by Anthony McGowan, about peer pressure and gang warfare, and Tanya Landman’s Apache – about an orphan avenging the death of her brother – are among the six contenders for the Booktrust Teenage Prize. It rewards contemporary writing for teenagers, with organisers working to put books in schools and libraries. The winner will be announced on November 18.