Angus Book Awards launched

The SHORTLIST for the 2013 Angus Book Award has been officially announced.

The four shortlisted titles are: Buried Thunder, Tim Bowler (Oxford University Press), Hitler’s Angel, William Osborne (Chicken House), Mister Creecher, Chris Priestly (Bloomsbury) and Slated, Teri Terry (Orchard Books).

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 for teenagers.

During the coming months, participating pupils will have the opportunity to read and take part in discussions around the four shortlisted titles, before voting for their favourite in a secret ballot in May. They will also have the chance to apply their creativity in alternative book jacket and book ‘blurb’ competitions. A GLOW blog has been set up for pupils from all eight secondary schools to share their views on the books.

The 2013 winner will be announced at the award ceremony at Arbroath High School on June, 5.

This year, the shortlist features novels by three authors new to the Angus Book Award and the return of previous winner Tim Bowler. Tim’s latest novel Buried Thunder is an unsettling psychological thriller that poses uncomfortable questions around tolerance, and the outcome of breakdowns in family relationships. Hitler’s Angel by Hollywood scriptwriter William Osborne is a thrilling adventure story that gives a fascinating glimpse of life under Hitler’s Third Reich, addresses some difficult moral questions and bristles with excitement and danger. Join Billy and Mr Creecher as they travel from the misery of early industrial London to the wild freedom of the North Country in Chris Priestley’s dark and gripping counterpoint to Frankenstein, Mister Creecher. The final shortlisted title is Slated by Teri Terry; Kyla has had all her past memories erased and her entire personality wiped blank, follow her search for truth in this exhilarating and fast paced dystopian novel.

Copies of the shortlisted books are in all schools for participating pupils and at local public libraries for other interested teenagers and their parents.

The 2013 event will be supported by sponsors Micro Librarian Systems, providers of the library management system in all Angus secondary school libraries, and Scotia Books.