Grampian Children’s Book Award 2017

gcbalogoThe shortlist for the Grampian Children’s Book Award has just been announced.  Voting takes place in March and the winner will be  announced at a ceremony to be held on 10th May 2017.




Clammer, James              Why I went back

Aidan needs his bike to deliver all the mail his postman dad’s been hoarding since his mum was sectioned. But his bike’s just been stolen. In the early morning, Aidan chases after the thieves, hellbent on getting it back. When he reaches the abandoned factory where they’ve stashed his bike, he has moments to grab it and escape. But he finds more than just stolen goods. There’s a mysterious prisoner chained to the floor…..This is the story of why Aidan goes back

 Crossan, Sarah                  One

Grace and Tippi don’t like being stared and sneered at, but they’re used to it. They’re conjoined twins – united in blood and bone. What they want is to be looked at in turn, like they truly are two people. They want real friends. And what about love? But a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead for Tippi and Grace. One that could change their lives more than they ever asked for…

Gibbons, Alan                   End game

There are not many things Nick Mallory knows for sure. He knows there was a car crash. He knows he is in hospital. And he knows he feels furious with his father. What he doesn’t know is why. As his memories start to return, Nick finds himself caught in a net of secrets and lies – where truth and perception collide and heroes and villains are not easy to tell apart.

Skuse, C J                            Monster

At sixteen Nash thought that the fight to become Head Girl of prestigious boarding school Bathory would be the biggest battle she’d face. Until her brother’s disappearance leads to Nash being trapped at the school over Christmas with Bathory’s assorted misfits. As a blizzard rages outside, strange things are afoot in the school’s hallways, and legends of the mysterious Beast of Bathory – a big cat rumoured to room the moors outside the school – run wild. Yet when the girls’ Matron goes missing it’s clear that something altogether darker is to blame – and that they’ll have to stick together if they hope to survive. 

Welford, Ross                   Time travelling with a hamster

“My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty nine and again four years later when he was twelve.”On Al Chaudhury’s twelfth birthday his beloved Grandpa Byron gives him a letter from Al’s late father. In it Al receives a mission: travel back to 1984 in a secret time machine and save his father’s life.Al soon discovers that time travel requires daring and imagination. It also requires lies, theft, setting his school on fire

Williamson, Lisa                              The art of being normal

Two boys. Two secrets. David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year 11 is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long …

Successful visit from author Barry Hutchison

With support from the Parent Council we were able to invite the children’s author and screenwriter, Barry Hutchison into the school. He firstly worked with S4 pupils, helping them with their creative writing technique and then went on to give a highly entertaining talk to two S1 classes. The pupils really enjoyed hearing about his horror series Invisible Fiends and found his tales and anecdotes (many of which find their way into his books) very funny.

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Book Week Scotland 2015

book-week-scotland-logo-2015As part of our Book Week Scotland celebrations we asked staff to display an “I Am Currently Reading…” poster on their classroom door. We had fantastic support with this showing what a wide range of material our staff read, but with thrillers being the out and out favourite genre.

We also distributed copies of Journeys (Scottish Book Trust’s free book) to S6 pupils and all staff.

We ran a “Shelfie” competition which involved asking pupils to match up photos of bookshelves to members of staff. This proved rather more difficult than we had envisaged. The fact that teachers read books not associated with their subject, seemed to throw pupils but hopefully it proved enlightening!

We rounded off the week with a book quiz. Teams of S1 and S2 pupils battled to become the BODA Big Quiz champions.

The winning team – The Blads!