Angus author picks up 2015 Book Award

20150519- Angus Book Award. 'Carmen Reid was the winner of the 2015 Angus Book Award. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.

20150519- Angus Book Award. 'Carmen Reid was the winner of the 2015 Angus Book Award. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.

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An Angus author has been crowned the 2015 Angus Book Award winner, as voted by pupils from the county’s secondary schools.

Carmen Reid, who grew up near Montrose, won the award for her novel ‘Cross My Heart’, a gripping story of espionage and war-time resistance.

It is the 20th year the award has been held, with pupils casting their votes in a secret ballot before the winner is announced at special ceremony - this year held at Montrose Town Hall.

Montrose Academy pupils Jason Robbie and Hayley Glennie, who hosted the event, presented the prize of £500 and the Angus Book Award trophy of the Aberlemno serpent stone to Carmen. The other contenders were ‘Infinite Sky’ by C. J Flood, ‘Raining Fire’ by Alan Gibbons and ‘Through Dead Eyes’ by Chris Priestley.

Councillor Sheena Welsh, Angus Council education convener said: “The competition this year was very tough and I’d like to extend my congratulations to all of the shortlisted authors.

“In Angus we have so many pupils who enjoy reading and I’m delighted that we have so many of them who have enthusiastically taken part in the process to choose the winner.

“Over the last 20 years these awards have encouraged teenagers to be enthused about reading. Here’s to the next 20 years – and beyond – where we will continue to provide exciting opportunities for new generations of Angus pupils to meet with authors.”

Accepting the award, Carmen said: “I am surprised and delighted and totally honoured to win this award. A huge thank you to everyone involved today.”