Thursday, June 22, 2006
This took place on Wednesday 14th June 2006 in Halifax. The short list was as follows:
THE WHITE DARKNESS by Geraldine McCaughrean. (see previous book log entry for my review of this brilliant book)
TIME BOMB by Nigel Hinton. An exciting and, at times, disturbing read, this story provides no easy answers to the muddied moral waters it stirs up. The story explores the appeal of fascism and racism as well as the damage and hurt they always cause, all set against an impeccable evocation of the bomb-damaged streets of post-war South London.
DRIFTWOOD by Cathy Cassidy. The author urges readers to look beyond the very pink front covers her publisher has chosen to give her book. Powerful studies of friendship and growing up, they are indeed far grittier than they might at first glance appear. Driftwood is set in a rural village on the Scottish coast and features characters inspired by the author’s daughter and by the author herself!
DIVIDED CITY by Theresa Breslin. Set in Glasgow, Divided City explores deep sectarian tensions through the uneasy alliance of two football mad boys who find themselves involved in the plight of an injured asylum seeker.
And WORM IN THE BLOOD…
The award winning book was chosen by the votes of students from the ten participating secondary schools. And the winner, much to my delight, was my book, WORM IN THE BLOOD!
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