Author Kevin Brooks has been named as the winner of this year’s Angus Book Award for his novel iBoy.
Mr Brooks received his £500 prize and the Angus Book Award trophy last Tuesday evening at an award ceremony in Carnoustie High School.
His novel was chosen, after a ballot of third year pupils across Angus, from a shortlist which also included Pastworld by Ian Beck (Bloomsbury), Flip by Martyn Bedford (Walker Books) and Being Billy by Phil Earle (Penguin Books).
Published by Penguin Books, iBoy is the second title by Mr Brooks to win the Angus Book Award, Candy being the top rated entry in the 2007 competition. A popular and prolific writer of young adult fiction, he has been nominated and shortlisted for many books awards in the past.
Accepting the award, he said: “This is the best day of my life. More sunshine, wonderful people, inspiration and energy.”
The evening also included film presentations showcasing pupils’ skills developed through the Angus Council’s Moving Image Education initiative were screened at the event and prizes were awarded for the best alternative book jacket, won by Ethnya McDonald from Carnoustie High School for her version of Pastworld and for the winning book review of Flip by Montrose academy pupil Megan Merino.
Established by Angus Council in 1996, the award aims to encourage youngsters to read and enjoy a wide range of books.