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Peebles teacher wins book prize

Scottish Book Trust Awards..
The winner  Claire McFall. was today (Wednesday 5th) announced as the winner of the Scottish Children's Book Awards in the older Readers Category
Each winning author receives �3000 and over 38,000 children across Scotland were involved in the voting.

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 photographed by Alan Peebles

Scottish Book Trust Awards.. The winner Claire McFall. was today (Wednesday 5th) announced as the winner of the Scottish Children's Book Awards in the older Readers Category Each winning author receives �3000 and over 38,000 children across Scotland were involved in the voting. FREE FIRST USE OF PICS photographed by Alan Peebles

 

Peebles teacher Claire McFall was this week named as a winner in the Scottish Children’s Book Awards for 2013 for her debut novel, Ferryman.

Claire, who teaches English, beat off fierce competition to scoop the top spot in the older readers (12-16 years) category.

A celebration of the best of Scottish writing and illustration for children, the awards are judged in three age categories - Bookbug readers (3-7), younger readers (8-11) and older readers (12-16) – and are run by Scottish Book Trust in partnership with Creative Scotland, with category winners each receiving £3,000.

Commenting on her win, Claire, said she had been more than delighted just to have made the shortlist for the awards.

“So to win is an incredible surprise. What makes me particularly ecstatic is that the awards are voted for by readers, which means that young people across Scotland enjoyed Ferryman,” she said.

“The competition was high, so to come out top is an honour. It’s not really a word, but I feel it’s the only appropriate expression to describe how I feel – awesomeness!”

Ferryman​ is her first book and is a love story which retells the ancient Greek myth of Charon, the ferryman of Hades, who transported souls to the Underworld.

Claire’s second novel, Bombmaker, was released last month.

 

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