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GHB’s Joan Lennon on the Scottish Teenage Book Prize Shortlist!

We love it here at GHB when one of our own bloggers is listed for a prize, and we couldn’t be prouder of the fab Joan Lennon for making the shortlist for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize!



Authors Keith Gray, Claire McFall and Joan Lennon have made it onto the shortlist for the very first Scottish Teenage Book Prize. The prize, set up to celebrate the most popular teen books by Scottish authors, is run by Scottish Book Trust with support from Creative Scotland.


♥ The Last Soldier by Keith Gray (Barrington Stoke)

♥ Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall (Hot Key Books)

♥ Silver Skin by Joan Lennon (Birlinn)



black-cairn-point the-last-soldier

Silver-SkinCommenting on her nomination, Joan said:

“I’m really excited to be part of the new Scottish Teenage Book Prize in its very first year.  To know that Silver Skin is being read and talked about by the people it was written for is a great feeling – and I can’t wait to see the book trailers!”

Children aged 12-16 across the country can now vote for the winner by submitting a class vote online via the Scottish Book Trust website. The winning book will be announced via an exclusive video on Wednesday 1 st March 2017. Aspiring film makers can enter the book trailer competition to showcase their digital talents and win book tokens for their school and for themselves. Scottish Book Trust provides extensive learning resources for teachers on how to create book trailers.

Good luck, Joan!


Skara Brae, Orkney, the end of the Stone Age. The sun is dying, storms batter the coast and people fear the end of the world. When Rab crawls out of the sea wearing the remains of his Silver Skin, he throws the islanders into confusion. Who is he? Why has he come? Voy, the village wise woman, is certain he’s a selkie, a source of new power. Cait isn’t so sure. Rab, thousands of years from home, injured and desperate, must learn fast about this ancient world. What started as a high-tech study trip has turned into a struggle to survive…

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