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 …

Cathy MacPhail

On Thursday 4th February, award-winning author Cathy MacPhail came to talk to all S1 pupils.  As you can see from the photos and comments she was a huge hit!

DSC00047 Cathy MacPhail  S1 Pupil Feedback

It was great. She even said she would use one of my ideas for her stories.

If I wanted to be a writer she would be my inspiration. She made me jealous by making her own movie.

She was excellent at interacting with us.  Her very charming and articulated nature convinced me to read her books.  I wish she was my granny.DSC00076

I thought Cathy MacPhail and her presentation was an inspiration to me.  I am now reading “Another Me” and I hope to watch the movie.  I thought she was an inspiration because she made it clear that anyone could be an author. And I thought she was great!

I loved it! The way that you told how you write has really helped me.  I would like to be a writer when I’m older and you really inspired me.  I know I can do it with hard work.DSC00078

I really enjoyed your presentation. I like how she involved everyone and told us how she got ideas.

I loved it so much I now want to read a lot of your books.  Thank you!

I enjoyed the movie trailer and getting read part of a book of hers.DSC00080

I will start reading some of your books. You inspired me and made me want to read your books.  The presentation was brilliant.  Thank you for coming to visit us.

I loved the idea of having some one come over to tell us about there books and would love to read all of her books.

I thought it was amazing and because your storys were so good I have order 2 of your books!DSC00086

I loved it. I hope we get more authors in and I’m happy we are get in some in the school.  THANK YOU Cathy.

I like the visit from Cathy because I got to get involved in the talk and we had our questions answered.

I thought it was really good when the author spoke to us. It was also interesting to hear how she thinks of book ideas.

It was excellent.

I really enjoyed having an author coming in her books looked really good and it sounded really good I think her film looked good as well and I would like another author to come into the school.DSC00088

It was amazing. I will want to be reading some of them like Devil I know.

I thought it was OK.  It would be better if we were more active

It was bad because I had to miss PE but I enjoyed it.