Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Scottish Children's Book Awards 2013 announced today

Chae Strathie, Janis MacKay and Claire McFall have been named as the winners of the 2013 Scottish Children's Book Awards. The announcement was made this afternoon at Glasgow's Mitchell Library with 800 young people from all over Scotland in the audience. The award is voted for exclusively by children and there were record numbers voting this year - over 38000, up 20% on last year. So what were the winning books?

Bookbug Readers (3-7)

Chae Strathie: Jumblebum, illustrated by Ben Cort. (Scholastic).

Johnny thinks that his room has its own special style, but Mum just sees a mess. Johnny doesn't care though - until the chaos attracts the terrible Jumblebum Beast. Will Johnny end up in Jumblebum's tum, or can he save the day with his secret plan?

Read what children themselves think about the book in the many reviews on the Scottish Book Trust site or watch a book trailer made by Bell Baxter High School. SBT also has more information about Chae Strathie on its author pages. The other shortlisted titles were:

Julia Donaldson: Paper dolls, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb. (Macmillan).
Debi Gliori: What's the time, Mr Wolf? (Bloomsbury).

Younger Readers (8-11)

Janis Mackay: The accidental time traveller. Kelpies.

Saul is on his way to the corner shop when he sees a girl appear in front of him in the middle of the road. She doesn't understand traffic or shops and she's wearing a long dress with ruffled sleeves. Her name is Agatha Black - and she's from the year 1812! Saul and his mates, Will and Robbie, try to figure out time travel so that they can help her to get home.

Again, there are lots of reviews and a book trailer, this time from Oban High School. Also check out Janis Mackay's website. The other shortlisted titles were:

Caroline Clough: Black tide. (Floris).
Daniela Sacerdoti: Really Weird (Floris).

Older Readers (12-16)

Claire McFall: Ferryman. Templar.

When Dylan emerges from the wreckage of a train crash onto a bleak Scottish hillside she meets a strange boy who seems to be waiting for her. However, Tristan is no ordinary teenage boy and their journey across the desolate, wraith-infested wasteland together is no ordinary journey. This is a truly original love story from a debut author.

Read the reviews, watch the book trailer (from Craigmount High School) and find out more about Claire on her website. The other shortlisted titles were:

Diana Hendry: The seeing. (Bodley Head).
Barry Hutchison: The book of doom. (Harper Collins).

Congratulations to all nine authors. And - just in! Some photographs of the winners and some excited children. All pictures by Alan Peebles.

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