Casting votes for Angus Book Award

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WITH local council elections pending throughout Scotland, teenagers across Angus are also casting their votes in the battle to see which title will win the Angus Book Award 2012.

Over the last few months, they have read and discussed the books and are now deciding on their favourite title from the four books in contention for the award.

The first votes were cast by members of Forfar Academy with Brechin High School pupils due to go to the polls on Wednesday (today) from 10.30 am.

The results will be kept a closely guarded secret until the award ceremony on Tuesday, May 22.

All four shortlisted authors will be visiting schools on that day to meet pupils and talk about their books but the name of the winner will not be revealed until announced at the evening award ceremony in Carnoustie High School.

This year the shortlist features novels by three authors new to the Angus Book Award and the return of previous winner Kevin Brooks.

Kevin’s latest novel iBoy is a gripping and gritty tale of revenge and the redeeming power of love as Tom struggles to remain in control of himself. The fog, grit, cruelty and sometimes gruesome nature of the Victorian era created in Ian Beck’s Pastworld makes for a fast paced and gripping novel.

 Questions of identity, the will to survive and what you’re willing to sacrifice to be alive make Martin Bedford’s Flip an extraordinary book which is difficult to put down.

The final shortlisted title is Being Billy by Phil Earle. Billy has spent eight years in a care home and it’s his believable character and his personality that form the backbone of this realistic and moving story.

The four shortlisted titles are: Pastworld by Ian Beck (Bloomsbury), Flip by Martyn Bedford (Walker Books), iBoy by Kevin Brooks (Penguin Books) and Being Billy by Phil Earle (Penguin Books).

The 2012 event will be supported by sponsors Micro Librarian Systems, providers of the library management system in all Angus secondary school libraries, and Scotia Books.