Angus picks Flip

More exciting news on the awards front with the shortlisting of Flip for the 2012 Angus Book Award.

This award, now one of the most established and highly regarded regional book awards in the UK, was launched in 1996 by Angus Council, in north-east Scotland, to “encourage school pupils to read and enjoy quality teenage fiction”. It involves 3rd year (Year 9) pupils from all eight secondary schools in Angus in reading four shortlisted titles which are selected by teachers, librarians and pupils themselves. According to the Angus Council website, “the titles are often challenging, dealing with powerful themes and issues and reflect the context and expressions of contemporary teenage life”.

The other shortlisted titles for the 2012 award are: Pastworld, by Ian Beck; iBoy, by Kevin Brooks; and Being Billy, by Phil Earle. The four books will be read and discussed by all the pupils between January and May, culminating in a secret ballot to select the winner. Towards the end of May the four authors will visit schools in Angus to give talks and run writing workshops ahead of the award cermeony itself, when the winner will be announced and presented with the trophy – a miniature replica of the Pictish Aberlemno Serpent stone – and a cheque for £500.

I’m delighted to be in contention for this award and very much looking forward to my trip to Scotland next spring.

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