Keren David started in journalism as a teenage messenger girl on a national weekly paper, spending a year running errands and making coffee before turning down a place at university to become an apprentice reporter.
She worked as a news reporter and feature writer on local and national papers in London and Glasgow, and also taught a course in handling media attention for residents of Lockerbie as they prepared for the first anniversary of the Lockerbie disaster. Keren worked as an assistant news editor at The Independent and as a commissioning editor on the paper’s Comment Pages.
In 1999 Keren moved to Amsterdam, where she studied art history and worked as Editor in Chief for photo-journalism agency The Cover Story.
Keren returned to north London in 2007, with her husband and two children. She wrote her compelling debut YA novel, When I Was Joe, in five months while taking a course in Writing for Children at City University. Keren now teaches the City University course.
When I Was Joe won five regional awards, voted for by teenage readers, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and the William Morris award, shortlisted for the Branford Boase award, the UKLA award and highly commended for the Teenage Booktrust Prize. It was listed as a White Raven 2011 (awarded by the International Youth Library to books which deserve worldwide attention). When I Was Joe is the first in a trilogy, along with Almost True and Another Life. They tell the story of Ty, a fourteen-year-old Londoner who goes into witness protection after he sees another boy stabbed to death.
Keren's standalone novel Lia's Guide to Winning the Lottery was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and is being developed into a musical with Perfect Pitch. Salvage, Keren's third standalone, is a contemporary teen novel about siblings divided by adoption who are reunited through Facebook and was published in 2014 by Atom. Since publication, the title has been shortlisted for the 2015 Bookseller YA Book Prize, The Romantic Novel of the Year award and was voted one of the Telegraph's 40 best YA books of 2014.
Her latest YA novel, This is Not a Love Story, was published in May 2015 by Atom, while her next standalone YA novel, Cuckoo was published by Atom in August 2016.
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