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Scottish Teenage Book Prize shortlist

We're thrilled to announce the shortlist for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2020!

The Scottish Teenage Book Prize is voted for by young people in schools and libraries across Scotland.

The winner of the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2020 is One Shot by Tanya Landman.

Find out more about each of the shortlisted books below.

One Shot

By Tanya Landman

One Shot cover

When your childhood disappears in a blizzard. When you’re a girl in a man’s world. When the only thing that stands between you and a life worth having is a gun. You’re only going to get one shot.

A powerful and deeply moving coming-of-age drama from Carnegie Medal-winning author Tanya Landman, inspired by the life of infamous sharpshooter Annie Oakley.

Watch Tanya discuss One Shot


By Akemi Dawn Bowman

Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko grapples with social anxiety and her narcissistic mother in the wake of a crushing rejection from art school.

A luminous, heartbreaking story of identity, family, and the beauty that emerges when we embrace our true selves.

Watch Akemi discuss Starfish

Rok of the Reds

By John Wagner, Alan Grant, and Dan Cornwell

Rok of the Reds cover

Dangerous intergalactic outlaws and an arrogant footballer collide when Rok of Arkadi, on the run after his home world is destroyed, needs a hiding place. And that hiding place happens to be troubled football star Kyle Dixon.

Industry legends John Wagner and Alan Grant (Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, Judgement on Gotham) team up once again, with stunning art by Dan Cornwell, to bring you Rok of the Reds.

Watch John discuss Rok of the Reds

Get involved

Get the most out of participating in the Scottish Teenage Book Prize by using our accompanying learning resources, which are full of ideas for activities related to each shortlisted title. You can also download a copy of the poster(this will open in a new window) to use in a display in your school or library.

We also have fantastic videos with each of the shortlisted authors. Each video includes a reading from the book and a short interview with the author, making them perfect to kick-start discussion in your class or book group.

Some of the books on the Scottish Teenage Book Prize shortlist contain challenging themes. You can find further information and support from Citizen's Advice Scotland(this will open in a new window) if needed.