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Grampian Children’s Book Award 2020




The shortlist for the GCBA 2020 award has just been announced. The six books are as follows :

Last bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron

The disconnect by Keren David

A good girl’s guide to murder by Holly Jackson

D-Day dog by Tom Palmer

The boy at the back of the class by Onjani Rauf

The dog who saved the world by Ross Welford

For more information have a look at the GCBA website




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.


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

Grampian Children’s Book Award 2016 – shortlist announced!

Grampian Children’s Book Award 2016 – Shortlist

The votes are in and the following 6 books made it on to the shortlist.

Ainsworth, Eve 7 daysProduct Details
School should be a safe place for Jess, but at the moment it’s everything she dreads. Jess’s life is difficult enough without Kez picking on her. Kez’s life isn’t any sweeter. She has plenty of problems too but she finds comfort in knowing she is better off than Jess – or so she thinks… Told from the point of view of the bullied and the bully, this is a taut, powerful story of two girls locked in battle with each other and themselves, spiralling towards a shocking conclusion.

Bergin, Virginia The rainProduct Details
One minute sixteen-year-old Ruby Morris is having her first proper snog with Caspar McCloud in a hot tub, and the next she’s being bundled inside the house, dripping wet, cold and in her underwear. Not cool. As she and Caspar shiver in the kitchen, it starts to rain. They turn on the radio to hear panicked voices – ‘It’s in the rain . . . it’s in the rain . . . ‘ That was two weeks ago, and now Ruby is totally alone. People weren’t prepared for the rain, got caught out in it, didn’t realize that you couldn’t drink water from the taps either. Even a drip of rain would infect your blood, and eat you from the inside out. Ruby knows she has to get to London to find her dad, but she just doesn’t know where to start.

Dawson, James Under my skinProduct Details
Meet Molly Sue. Once she’s under your skin there’s no getting rid of her…Seventeen-year-old Sally Feathers is not exactly a rebel. Her super-conservative parents and her treatment at the hands of high school bullies means that Sally’s about as shy and retiring as they come – but all that’s about to change. Accidentally ending up in the seedier side of town one day, Sally finds herself mysteriously lured to an almost-hidden tattoo parlour. Sally selects sexy pin-up Molly Sue, and has her tattooed on her back – hoping that Molly Sue will inspire her to be as confident and popular as she is in her dreams. But things quickly take a nightmareish turn.

Haig, Matt Echo BoyProduct Details
Audrey’s father taught her that to stay human in the modern world, she had to build a moat around herself; a moat of books and music, philosophy and dreams. A moat that makes Audrey different from the echoes: sophisticated, emotionless machines, built to resemble humans and to work for human masters. Daniel is an echo – but he’s not like the others. He feels a connection with Audrey; a feeling Daniel knows he was never designed to have, and cannot explain. And when Audrey is placed in terrible danger, he’s determined to save her.

MacPhail, Cathy Devil you knowProduct Details
Forced to move away from his dad in Aberdeen to a run-down Glasgow council estate, Logan thinks he’s pretty lucky to have made any friends — let alone Baz and the boys. Baz might have a bit of reputation, be a bit mouthy, but he’s the kind of friend who’ll stick up for you; who’ll make life interesting — or should that be dangerous? When Logan, Baz and the boys get caught up a local turf war Baz is the first to fight back. But the aftermath leads Logan and his friends deeper into a world of real-life gangs, threats and lethal revenge. How far will Baz go, and will Logan follow him?

Slater, Kim SmartProduct Details
There’s been a murder, but the police don’t care. It was only a homeless old man after all. Kieran cares. He’s made a promise, and when you say something out loud, that means you’re going to do it, for real. He’s going to find out what really happened. To Colin. And to his grandma, who just stopped coming round one day. It’s a good job Kieran’s a master of observation, and knows all the detective tricks of the trade. But being a detective is difficult when you’re Kieran Woods. When you’re amazing at drawing but terrible at fitting in. And when there are dangerous secrets everywhere, not just outside, but under your own roof.


For more information  check out the GCBA website or twitter by clicking on these links

CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlist 2015 Announced!


The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards in the UK, with the first winners announced in 1936 and 1956 respectively. The titles on the shortlists are contenders for the highest accolades in children’s literature, with previous winners including legendary talents such as Arthur Ransome, C.S Lewis and Mary Norton for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and illustrators Quentin Blake, Shirley Hughes and Raymond Briggs for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.


The CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlist 2015

All books are available from the library. 


When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghandog bites

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

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Tinder by Sally Gardner (author) and David Roberts (illustrator)download (2)


Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardingedownload (3)

The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Lairddownload (4)

Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landmandownload (5)

The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughreandownload (6)

More Than This by Patrick Ness


Challenging themes including war, sickness and adversity, run through both shortlists. Gothic fantasy Tinder begins with its central character, young soldier Otto, narrowly giving Death the slip, while More Than This starts with the drowning of its hero, a boy named Seth. Elsewhere in the Carnegie shortlist, Dylan, the Tourette’s sufferer of When Mr Dog Bites, believes he faces death in the not-too distant future, and the titular Buffalo Soldier of Tanya Landman’s novel, an ex-slave now serving in the post-Civil War US army, feels Death is “so close you can smell his breath.” The devastation of World War One looms large in Frances Hardinge’s Cuckoo Song, whilst Geraldine McCaughrean’s The Middle of Nowhere begins with a child losing her mother to a snake bite in the Australian Outback. Sarah Crossan’s Apple and Rain sees a young girl called Apple delighted to be reunited with her estranged mother until she meets Rain, the half-sister she didn’t know she had. Finally, Elizabeth Laird’s The Fastest Boy in the World sees the eleven-year-old Solomon facing a marathon run to seek help for his beloved grandfather.