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Press release: Tanya Landman wins Scottish Teenage Book Prize

Published Thursday 5 March 2020

Scottish Book Trust today, on World Book Day, has revealed the winner of its annual Scottish Teenage Book Prize. One Shot (Barrington Stoke) by Tanya Landman secured 40% of the vote, decided by young readers across Scotland. 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.

One Shot is set 150 years ago: inspired by Annie Oakley, America's first female celebrity. The protagonist, Maggie, discovers she can fire a rifle with pinpoint accuracy. With this talent she can feed her starving family, but must overcome social stereotypes to do so. Also included on the shortlist was Rok of the Reds (BHP Comics) by John Wagner, Alan Grant and Dan Cornwell, and Starfish (Ink Road) by Akemi Dawn Bowman.

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said:

"Congratulations to Tanya Landman on winning the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2020. Voted for by young readers of Scotland, this is a special award that helps to build a reading culture in schools and libraries across the country. It feels fitting to recognise this award on World Book Day. Our thanks to the teachers and librarians that make this award possible, and to the young people that took part."

The Scottish Teenage Book Prize, now in its fourth 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 £3,000.

Tanya Landman studied English Literature at university, and then worked in a bookshop running the children’s section. Since 1992 she has been a writer of books for all ages – including adventures, retellings of Greek myths and classic novels, detective stories, graphic novels, and historical fiction set in Britain and North and South America. Buffalo Soldier (Walker Books) won the Carnegie Medal in 2015. She lives in north Devon with her two sons.

Tanya Landman said:

“I’m a writer. I’m supposed to be good with words, but I find it really hard to describe how utterly delighted and thrilled I am to win the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2020. One Shot is a really special book to me – it was the one that got me writing again after my husband’s death – so for teenage readers to find it special enough to vote for is incredibly moving. “

Alan Bett, Literature Officer at Creative Scotland, said:

"Huge congratulations go to Tanya Landman for winning this prize as part of a strong shortlist, especially as it is decided by readers, the most appropriate judges. Tanya’s work is connecting so strongly with these teenage readers, leading them further into a lifetime of enjoying books.”

Notes to editors

For all media enquiries including photos of the launch or the authors, please contact Keara Donnachie on keara.donnachie@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window) or 0131 524 0184 / 07956 773 749.

Scottish Book Trust

Scottish Book Trust is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. We inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure through programmes and outreach work that include:

In addition to the funding we receive from the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland, we need the constant support of trusts and foundations, corporate sponsors and individual donors.

Creative Scotland

Scottish Book Trust is supported by Creative Scotland through Regular Funding. Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.