Scottish Book Trust today (Monday 24 May) has announced the winner of its annual Scottish Teenage Book Prize as Evernight Andersen Press) by Ross MacKenzie. The national charity encourages teenagers to get involved with the award by reading three shortlisted books and voting for their favourite as part of their class or reading group. Evernight was the most popular read with over 40% of the vote.
Ross MacKenzie is a multi award-winning author of books for children and teenagers, including Evernight, Shadowsmith and The Nowhere Emporium. Ross lives in Renfrew, with his wife and two daughters. He regularly visits primary schools, libraries and literary festivals where he discusses the power of stories and imagination, and holds Q&A sessions and writing workshops. His latest novel, Feast of the Evernight (Andersen Press) was released earlier this month and continues the story of Larabelle Fox and her friends.
The Gifted, The Talented and Me by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury) and White Eagles by Elizabeth Wein (Barrington Stoke) were both shortlisted for this year’s Scottish Teenage Book Prize. The panel for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize included Shelagh Toonen, librarian at Elgin Academy, Moray and Stephen Shiels, librarian at The Royal High School, Edinburgh, along with staff from Scottish Book Trust.
Ross MacKenzie said:
“Winning any award is wonderful, but what makes the Scottish Teenage Book Prize so special is the fact that teenagers all over Scotland have voted Evernight as their winner. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to everyone who voted, or how proud I am that my book just might have provided an escape of sorts during a very difficult, sometimes frightening year. Thank you all, and happy reading!”
Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said:
“Congratulations to Ross MacKenzie on winning this year’s Scottish Teenage Book Prize. It’s been fantastic to see young people across Scotland getting involved, reading the shortlisted books and voting for their favourite read. Thank you to the teachers and librarians that promoted the Scottish Teenage Book Prize within their schools. I’m sure those who voted in the prize will be thrilled to learn that the sequel to Evernight was released this month.”
The Scottish Teenage Book Prize, now in its fifth year, was set up to celebrate the most popular teen books by authors in Scotland. It is run by Scottish Book Trust with support from Creative Scotland. Shortlisted authors receive £500 and the winner receives £2,000.
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Scottish Book Trust is a national charity that believes everyone living in Scotland should have equal access to books. Our work provides opportunities to improve life chances through books and the fundamental skills of reading and writing. Access to books and a love of books bring many important benefits from family bonding and advancing children’s learning, to unlocking creativity, helping employability and improving mental health & well-being. Scottish Book Trust aims to support all communities across Scotland, with particular focus on those who are vulnerable and under-represented.
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- Gifting books to every child in Scotland to ensure families of all backgrounds can share the joy of books at home, through Bookbug and Read Write Count
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- Supporting and nurturing Scotland’s wide-ranging literary talent, both emerging and established through our training, awards and writing opportunities including New Writers Awards
- Creating events to share books and connect writers with communities, including Book Week Scotland
- Providing support to people living with dementia, and their carers, through Reading is Caring
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