Barbados, Guyana, and Bermuda Finalists for 2018 Burt Award

This post https://kristinkravesbooks.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/underrated-ya-novels on underrated young adult novels had me reflecting on the underrated teen/young adult books from right here in the Caribbean and while there are much more than the ones to be found on this list, these Burt Award winning teen/young adult Caribbean novels, all of them teased here, including my own Musical Youth, has moved me to ask…so what’s your teen reading this summer?

Wadadli Pen

The Burt Award for Caribbean teen/young adult fiction is sponsored by Canadian non-profit CODE and administered by Trinidad and Tobago’s Bocas Literary Festival. The winner will be announced at this year’s festival, scheduled for April 25th to 29th 2018. In the running are Shakirah M. Bourne of Barbados (below right), Imam Baksh of Guyana (below left), and Elizabeth J. Jones of Bermuda (below middle).

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Here’s the announcement making the rounds:

CODE and NGC Bocas Lit Fest are thrilled to announce the finalists for the 5th annual CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature. This year’s finalists were selected from over 30 submissions of both published books and unpublished manuscripts from around the Caribbean.

In alphabetical order by title, the 2018 finalists are:
A Dark Iris by Elizabeth J. Jones (Bermuda)

Jury Summary: “A sophisticated ‘speculative fiction’ story that reveals the realities of adolescence; crushes, family problems, and school…

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