The Scottish Book Trust has been busy and its newly set up Scottish Teenage Book Prize is up and running. The first shortlist for the prize is announced today – 5th September 2016 – and three books have made the shortlist.
- The Last Soldier by Keith Gray (Barrington Stoke) – a dyslexia-friendly thriller set in 1920’s Texas.
- Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall (Hot Key Books) – a chilling and atmospheric thriller which explores what happens when an ancient malevolent spirit is reawakened
- Silver Skin by Joan Lennon (Birlinn) – a highly original tale set in Stone Age Orkney, which explores what happens when ancient and modern worlds collide
Reviews of the books will be coming up shortly – so keep an eye out for them!
The prize aims to involve teen readers in the process. It is managed by Scottish Book Trust in partnership with Creative Scotland, and is supported by Waterstones. Shortlisted authors receive £500 per book, and the winning author will receive £3,000.
Be sure to get involved:
- Vote for the winning book: Teachers, librarians and book group leaders sign up their groups, then the children read and vote for their favourite books. Videos of each author reading and talking about their book are available at http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/stbp
- Create a book trailer. Aspiring film makers can enter the book trailer competition to showcase their digital talents and win book tokens for their school and for themselves. Scottish Book Trust provides extensive learning resources for teachers on how to create book trailers.
Finally – make a note in your diary: the winning book will be announced via an exclusive video on Wednesday 1st March 2017.