Brooks wins book award

Author Kevin Brooks has won the 2012 Angus Book Award for his novel iBoy.

The award ceremony was held on the evening of Tuesday May 22 at Carnoustie High School and hosted by third year pupils Christopher Blackburn and Natasha Lee, who presented the prize of £500 and the Angus Book Award trophy of the Aberlemno serpent stone to the winning author.

Accepting the award, Kevin Brooks said: “ This is the best day of my life...more sunshine, wonderful people, inspiration and energy.”

iBoy is published by Penguin Books and is the second title by Kevin Brooks to have won the Angus Book Award: Candy was the 2007 winner. A popular and prolific writer of young adult fiction Kevin has been nominated and shortlisted for many books awards.

The short listed titles were 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).

Councillor Sheena Welsh, Angus Council Education Convener said: “I congratulate Kevin Brooks on being chosen again as winner of the Angus Book Award.

I also thank all those who have worked so hard to make the event such a success, and congratulate pupils and staff of Carnoustie High School for hosting such a successful evening.

“Each year, the Angus Book Award challenges our third year pupils to read and enjoy a range of books and I hope that this will help to encourage a lifelong interest in reading.”

Film presentations showcasing pupils’ skills developed through the council’s Moving Image Education initiative were screened at the event and prizes were awarded for the best alternative book jacket, won by Ethnya McDonald of Carnoustie High School for her version of Pastworld and for the winning book review of Flip by Megan Merino of Montrose Academy.

Sponsors of the event are Micro Librarian Systems with prizes for pupils donated by Scotia Books.