AUTHOR Keren David has been named as the winner of this year’s Angus Book Award for her novel ‘When I was Joe’.
Voted for by more than 400 third year pupils across the county, the award - a trophy of the Aberlemno serpent stone and £500 - was presented at a ceremony in Arbroath Academy last Tuesday.
‘When I Was Joe’ is published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and has been shortlisted for many of the teenage book awards which followed in the footsteps of the Angus Book Award, the first of its kind in the UK.
Before launching her career as a writer of teenage novels, Ms David worked as a journalist and editor. ‘When I Was Joe’ is her debut teenage novel. A sequel, ‘Almost True’, was published in the UK in September last year.
The other shortlisted titles were, ‘Auslander’ by Paul Dowswell (Bloomsbury), ‘Wasted’ by Nicola Morgan (Walker Books) and ‘Luke and Jon’ by Robert Williams (Faber and Faber).
Ms David said: “I’m thrilled to have won the Angus Book Award against such strong competition. The award is very special and it encourages pupils to do so much more than read – they made films, created alternative book covers and wrote reviews. I’d like to thank everyone who voted for When I Was Joe.”
Film presentations showcasing pupils’ skills developed through the council’s Moving Image Education initiative were screened at the event. The winning film about Luke and Jon was made by pupils at Forfar Academy who won £100 of books for the school for the third year in a row.
There were also prizes for the best alternative book jacket, won by Allanah Hendry from Carnoustie High School for her version of’ Wasted’, and for the winning book review of ‘When I Was Joe’ by Montrose Academy’s Corey Paton.