Book of the year awards

BOOKSMART . . . David is pictured back with other authors and pupils at the Catalyst Awards.
BOOKSMART . . . David is pictured back with other authors and pupils at the Catalyst Awards.
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MOTHERWELL’s Our Lady’s High School recently hosted the eighth North Lanarkshire Catalyst Awards which name the best teenage book of the year.

Pupils from third and fourth year attended the ceremony along with the nominated authors to hear Alex Scarrow being named as this year’s winner for his book Time Riders.

Alex said: “A lovely award to win – the RIGHT kind of award to win, because it’s the students that vote. I had a fantastic and memorable day.”

Young People from all 24 secondary schools and public libraries in North Lanarkshire were invited to take part in voting for the overall winner from an shortlist of four books including Grass by Cathy Macphail, Where I Belong by Gillian Cross and When I was Joe by Keren David.

They were involved in every aspect of the awards, from helping to choose the shortlist to posting reviews on the Catalyst blog and voting for the winner.

And this year in conjunction with the Catalyst blog, a competition was held to see which school could write the most reviews and which pupil could write the best review.

Our Lady’s High School won the competition for the school that wrote the most reviews on the blog and their prize is an author visit of their choice.