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Scottish Teenage Book Prize shortlist

We're thrilled to announce the shortlist for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2021!

We're excited to announce the shortlist for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2021!

The Scottish Teenage Book Prize is voted for by young people from across Scotland. Find out more about each of the books, register to take part and submit your votes below.

Voting is open until Friday 5 March 2021, and we'll announce the winner on Wednesday 31 March 2021

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The Gifted, The Talented and Me by William Sutcliffe

A brilliantly funny book about fifteen-year-old Sam, who is ordinary and proud of it. Unfortunately, his parents have sent him off to the North London Academy for the Gifted and Talented, where everyone's planning Hollywood domination or starting alt-metal psychedelica crossover bands. Sam knows he'll never belong, even if he wanted to. And that's before he ends up on stage wearing nothing but a fur onesie...

Watch a Q&A with WIlliam Sutcliffe

White Eagles by Elizabeth Wein

Summer 1939. With Europe on the brink of war, eighteen-year-old Kristina Tomiak has been called to join the White Eagles, Poland’s valiant air force. When the Nazis reach the town where she’s based, Kristina makes a daring escape but doesn’t realise that she’s carrying a stowaway in her plane. Will Kristina be able to navigate the most challenging flight of her life and reach safety amid the turmoil of war?

Watch a Q&A with Elizabeth Wein

Evernight by Ross MacKenzie

Thousands of years ago, the Evernight came to the Silver Kingdom and turned everything to darkness and chaos. The Evernight is about to return, released by the evil Mrs Hester, and the only spell that might stop it is lost. Then orphan Larabelle Fox stumbles across a mysterious wooden box while treasure-hunting. Little does she realise she is about to be catapulted into an adventure where she’ll face wild magic and mortal danger.

Watch a Q&A with Ross MacKenzie

Get involved

Don't forget to cast your vote(this will open in a new window) by 5pm on Friday 5 March 2021!

Taking part as a school or library group? Get the most out of participating in the Scottish Teenage Book Prize by using our learning resources, which are full of ideas for activities related to each shortlisted title.

Some of the books on the Scottish Teenage Book Prize shortlist contain challenging themes – our learning resources have more information and links to charities that can offer support.