Grampian Children’s Book Award

An S2 class has been participating in the Grampian Children’s Book Award scheme; reading the shortlist voting for their favourite title and entering the review and poster competitions. The class attended the GCBA ceremony at Aberdeen University on the 10th May where they heard three of the shortlisted authors talk about their books. It was a very enjoyable afternoon made even better when we learnt that a Bridge of Don pupil had won first prize in the review competition.  Well done Lea!








James Clammer – “Thanks so much for inviting me. Great organisers, wonderful kids, fantastic day!”

Lisa Williamson – “Thanks for having us! It was a really fun day!”

Alan Gibbons- “It was great fun”


The YA Book Prize 2017 announced

The Bookseller has announced the ten titles on the shortlist for  The YA Book Prize 2017.  most of which are available from the library

The list features three debut authors as well as former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman and Francesca Simon, shortlisted for her first YA novel The Monstrous Child. The winner will receive a £2,000 prize, which will be awarded at a ceremony at Hay Festival on 1st June 2017.






The full list of titles on the shortlist, called the YA 10, is:

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard (Macmillan Children’s Books)

Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman (Doubleday)

The Graces by Laure Eve (Faber Children’s)

How Not To Disappear by Clare Furniss (Simon & Schuster Children’s)

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield (Egmont)

Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence (Hodder Children’s Books)

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin (David Fickling Books)

The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon (Faber Children’s)

Riverkeep by Martin Stewart (Viking)

Crongton Knights by Alex Wheatle (Atom)

The judging panel is chaired by Caroline Carpenter, web editor and acting children’s editor at The
and includes Melvin Burgess, who was last year honoured with a YA Book prize special achievement award, Julia Eccleshare, children’s director of the Hay Festival, Jenny Murray, Children’s Books Ireland’s communications manager and blogger Jim Dean.

Teen readers themselves are involved in the final judging process and many from across the UK and Ireland will be asked to vote for their favourite titles. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at Hay Festival on 1st June 2017.

The YA Book Prize was established by The Bookseller Magazine in 2014 and announced its first winner in 2015. It runs in association with World Book Day and Hay Festival.


Grampian Children’s Book Award 2017 shortlist announced!


GCBA logo no writing[1]For more information, check out the link

All the titles are in stock so why not give one a go?

Book recommendations

If you are looking for something to read, have a look at this great little booklet produced by Michael Margerisan and his team of librarians from Elmgreen School. The books are arranged by genre and set out in a really attractive way. To access, click on the link below


Anita Govan – Performance Poet



On Wednesday 31st August we were privileged to have Anita Govan, a performance poet, visit us to work with all S2 pupils over 2 sessions. She gave a fantastic delivery of her own work, spoke about the history of poetry and encouraged pupils in their own performances of Spike Milligan’s On The Ning Nang Nong (to great hilarity)!  The session also involved the chance of creating a slam poem but unfortunately time was against us for this to be fully developed.

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Independent Bookshop Week Awards shortlist

03_Facebook-IBW-Child-Short-banner_01_v01-01We have been very  lucky to win a complete set of the Independent Bookshop Week Awards  shortlist. Click on the link for more information  and to find out the winner!  This is a great selection of books so pop along to the Library to check them out!!

Careers Information in the Library

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The careers section of the Library has had a bit of a revamp over the holidays. Mrs Shand, our Careers Adviser,  has helped us update  our resources and has produced  display material on developing career management skills and also some very useful leaflets.  These are all on display along with Scottish university and college prospectuses and career guide books. Look out also for the large blue job vacancies folder which has details of current local jobs and apprenticeships.

Looking for career ideas try:     or




Scottish Children’s Book Award Winners Announced

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Edinburgh-based author Danny Weston has won the Older Readers (12-16 yrs) category for his book The Piper, published by Andersen Press. This is his first time winning The Scottish Children’s Book Award.

Commenting on his win, Danny said:

“I am absolutely thrilled to have won this award, especially because it has been voted for, not by critics and industry insiders, but by the people who matter most; the young readers for whom the story was actually written. Thanks to everyone who voted for ‘The Piper’. You have rocked my world.”


Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize shortlist announced

WCBP 2016 LOGO_0-150x153The shortlist for the Waterstones Children’s book prize has been announced. The prize, now in its twelfth year, aims to reward and champion new and emerging talent in children’s books.
Older Fiction:
The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle (Corgi)
Seed by Lisa Heathfield (Electric Monkey)
13 Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt (Orchard)
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Walker Books)
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (Scholastic)
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson (David Fickling Books)
The winners will be announced on Thursday 17th March

World Book Day TeenFest


WBD TeenFest is the UK’s biggest online book party. It will take place on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd of March from 6-8pm and will combine live chats with favourite YA authors , exclusive author blogs. reading recommendations, expert masterclasses and more!. Authors include Rainbow Rowell, Juno Dawson, Non Pratt, Terri Terry, Darren Shan, Joss Stirling, Sophie Kinsella, Sophie Mckenzie, Taran Matharu, Eliza Wass, Sally Green, Sarah Crossan, William Sutcliffe and Philip Reeve.

To take part register at



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