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Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2022: Fin & Rye & Fireflies by Harry Cook

We are thrilled to announce that Fin & Rye & Fireflies by Harry Cook has been shortlisted for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2022!

Front cover of "Fin and Rye and Fireflies", featuring two boys facing each other with a sunset behind them

Watch an exclusive reading from Harry Cook and read more about the book below. Don't forget to cast your votes by Friday 25 March 2022!

About the book

After sixteen-year-old Fin is cruelly outed, his parents move him across the country in search of a 'fresh start'. A fresh start won't change the truth of who Fin is. Obviously. But it does introduce him to the best squad in town: kick-ass Poppy, her on-off girlfriend June and the super cute Rye.

When Fin's parents send him to a conversion therapy camp, an outrageous plan is needed to give Fin and Rye a chance at the happy-ever-after their story deserves…

Listen to an extract read by Harry Cook


You can read the first chapter of (this will open in a new window)Fin & Rye & Fireflies for free through Google Books.

Content notes and resources

Fin & Rye & Fireflies contains scenes featuring homophobia and transphobia, and Fin is sent to conversion therapy. Young people can find support on these topics through charities such as LGBT Youth Scotland(this will open in a new window), Stonewall UK(this will open in a new window) and Mermaids(this will open in a new window), who also provide resources for learning professionals.

TIE Scotland have developed lots of LGBT education resources(this will open in a new window) for learning professionals which may be helpful when discussing this book in school settings.

The book also contains mental health themes. Rye suffers from anxiety and panic attacks, and there is a mention of suicide. Charities such as Youth Access(this will open in a new window), Wellbeing Scotland(this will open in a new window) and The Mix(this will open in a new window) can support young people struggling with mental health.

The charity Mind (this will open in a new window)also provides information and tips on LGBTQ+ mental health on their website.

How to access the shortlist

The Scottish Teenage Book Prize is kindly sponsored by Browns Books(this will open in a new window), the UK’s leading supplier of books, eBooks and DVDs for schools.

You can purchase (this will open in a new window)Fin & Rye & Fireflies and the rest of the shortlist at a discounted price through the Browns website.

If you are interested in the eBook editions of these amazing titles, they are all available on the VLeBooks platform provided by Browns Books. Please contact them by emailing your request to enquiries@brownsbfs.co.uk(this will open in a new window) or over the phone on 01482 384660.

Your local public library may have the books available to borrow, either in paperback or eBook via apps like Libby or BorrowBox. If the books aren’t available, you could contact your local library to ask if they could be made available.

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