Yvonne Manning, Principal Librarian, Curriculum Support Team, Falkirk Council Education Services organised the Falkirk Council Book Award called Read Enjoy Debate. A shortlist of four books was read by students in each of the mainstream secondary schools between August and December 2102. Voting took place and book reviews were submitted in December. The award ceremony was held on 23rd January 2013 at Falkirk Town Hall, where the young people presented creative interpretations of each of the shortlisted books. The shortlisted authors attended and there was a lively question and answer session. The day culminated in the opening of the red envelope to reveal the winning book… and the winner: An Act of Love by Alan Gibbons.
An Act of Love by Alan Gibbons
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
Gladiator by Simon Scarrow
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
“Best day out I have had in a long time. I was really impressed by the seamless efficiency of it all and the enthusiasm of all involved.” Simon Scarrow, shortlisted author.
“It is a brilliant event and we are delighted to be associated with it. Congratulations to you all for putting on such a super day.” John MacPherson, Bright Red Publishing Ltd (sponsor).
“My class thoroughly enjoyed their day out. Thank you so much for inviting us along. I have had nothing but positive feedback from the pupils and staff. It’s such a wonderful event to attend and I hope to work with you again in the future.” Falkirk High School
Images of the RED Book Award ceremony can be viewed on Flickr: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjDSm27M