On this shortlist:
Patrice Lawrence was born in Brighton and brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian household. She made her way to East London in the 90s where she still lives with her family and cat. She has been writing for as long as she can remember. Orangeboy is her first novel.
Sixteen-year-old Marlon has made his mum a promise - he'll never follow his big brother, Andre, down the wrong path. So far, it's been easy, but when a date ends in tragedy, Marlon finds himself hunted. They're after the mysterious Mr Orange, and they're going to use Marlon to get to him. Marlon's out of choices - can he become the person he never wanted to be, to protect everyone he loves?
Patrice loves crime fiction, sci-fi and trying to grow things.
She loves music and can’t help making it a part of her writing. Her ideal mixtape includes drum 'n' bass, Bruce Springsteen and Studio Ghibli soundtracks.
She has a cat called Stormageddon.
Cameron from Cardinal Heenan:
Chloe from Prince Henry's grammar school:
Grace from Prince Henrys Grammar School:
Anna from Cardinal Heenan:
Victoria from Cardinal heenan catholic high school.:
Una from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:
Ka from Cardinal Heenan:
Megan from Guiseley high school:
Arthur from King James's:
Millie from King James's school: