MONTROSE Academy S3 pupils took part in the launch of the 2012 Angus Book Award on Friday morning.
The shortlisted books are: ‘Pastworld’ by Ian Beck, ‘Flip’ by Martin Bedford, ‘iBoy’ by Kevin Brooks, and ‘Being Billy’ by Phil Earle.
Pupils are finding out more about the books from their authors at mini launches in all the schools.
In the coming months pupils will read their way through the shortlist, before voting for their favourite in a secret ballot.
This year the shortlist features novels by three authors new to the award and the return of previous winner Kevin Brooks. Kevin’s latest ‘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.
Copies of the books are in schools for participating pupils, and public libraries for other readers. The 2012 event is sponsored by Micro Librarian Systems, providers of the library management system in Angus secondary school libraries, and Scotia Books.