The shortlist for the 2014 annual Angus Book Awards were officially announced on Tuesday of last week with an excellent line up.
The annual event, which began in 1996, is aimed at promoting reading for enjoyment by teenagers in Angus.
It gives both committed and less enthusiastic readers the chance to engage with new, rewarding and accessible books.
The three short listed titles are: Heroic ‒ Phil Earle (Penguin Books); The Night Sky in My Head ‒ Sarah Hammond (Oxford University Press); and The Savages ‒ Matt Whyman (Hot Key Books).
During the coming months, participating pupils will have the opportunity to read and take part in discussions around the three short listed titles, before voting for their favourite in a secret ballot in May.
They will also have the chance to apply their creativity by competing in alternative book jacket and book ‘blurb’ competitions. The 2014 winner will be announced at the award ceremony at Monifieth High School on 20 May 2014. This year the shortlist features novels by two authors new to the Angus Book Award and previous short listed author Phil Earle. Phil’s book ‒ Heroic ‒ is a tragic yet hopeful tale of brotherhood and sacrifice that will provide its readers with goose bumps, tears and cause them to smile at familiar sibling banter. Sarah Hammond’s The Night Sky in My Head is a novel full of light and dark, magic and truth. It will stay with readers long after they have read the last page.
The final short listed title is The Savages by Matt Whyman ‒ a darkly witty and mouth-watering tale of the ultimate taboo which will leave readers giggling and disgusted at the same time.
Copies of the short listed books are in all schools for participating pupils and at local public libraries for other interested teenagers and their parents. The 2014 event will be supported by sponsors Micro Librarian Systems, providers of the library management system in all Angus secondary school libraries, and Scotia Books.