Angus Book Award authors to visit schools

IN THE run-up to the announcement of the winner of the 2012 Angus Book Award, the short-listed authors will have a full day of visits to the eight Angus secondary schools on Tuesday (May 22) to meet pupils who have taken part in the voting process.

The four novels in the running for this year’s award were read by around 400 Angus third year pupils before they voted for their favourite book in a secret ballot. The winner will be revealed at the award ceremony which this year is being held at Carnoustie High School.

The Angus Book Award is an Angus Council initiative to encourage teenagers to read and enjoy quality teenage fiction. The award lead the way for awards of this kind across the UK and through the years has given young people a taste of democracy in action by giving them a voice.

The four shortlisted titles are ‘Pastworld’ by Ian Beck (Bloomsbury); ‘Flip’ by Martin Bedford (Walker Books); ‘iBoy’ by Kevin Brooks (Penguin Books); and ‘Being Billy’ by Phil Earle (Penguin Books).

This year, the shortlist features novels by three authors new to the Angus Book Award and the return of previous winner Kevin Brooks.

Kevin’s latest novel, ‘iBoy’, is a gripping and gritty tale of revenge and the redeeming power of love as Tom struggles to remain in control of himself. The fog, grit, cruelty and sometimes gruesome nature of the Victorian era created in Ian Beck’s ‘Pastworld’ makes for a fast paced and gripping novel. Questions of identity, the will to survive and what you’re willing to sacrifice to be alive make Martin Bedford’s ‘Flip’ an extraordinary book difficult to put down. The final shortlisted title is ‘Being Billy’ by Phil Earle; Billy has spent eight years in a care home and it’s his believable character and his personality that forms the backbone of this realistic and moving story.

Sponsors of the event are Micro Librarian Systems and Scotia Books.