Thursday 7th November at Chryston Cultural Centre saw the Catalyst Book Awards 2014 being launched. In the audience were pupils from Chryston and Caldervale high schools along with visiting librarians, all excited to find out which books had made it onto the longlist. The pupils were treated to an entertaining talk from Catalyst 2013 Award winner, Elizabeth Wein. She kept the pupils enthralled talking about her book ‘Code Name Verity’ and tales of women pilots throughout history. Elizabeth then had the honour of announcing the 16 books that had made it through the committee’s criteria to be in with a chance of being voted the best read for teenagers in 2014.
Catalyst is all about discovering and promoting the most exciting and thought provoking reading for teenagers in North Lanarkshire. This year we have a larger number of books in the longlist which hopefully means we are able to cater for all tastes.
The 16 books to make the longlist for 2014 are:
‘Bodyguard: Hostage’ – Chris Bradford ‘The Bunker Diary’ – Kevin Brooks
‘Anthem for Jackson Dawes’ – Celia Bryce ‘How to Fall’ – Jane Casey
‘Conjuring the Infinite’ – Kirkland Ciccone ‘Undone’ – Cat Clarke
‘Waiting for Gonzo’ – Dave Cousins ‘After Tomorrow’ – Gillian Cross
‘OMG! Is this actually my life?’ – Rae Earl ‘Far Rock Away’ – Charlie Fletcher
‘Pantomime’ – Laura Lam ‘Quantum Drop’ – Saci Lloyd
‘Siege’ – Sarah Mussi ‘Ketchup Clouds’ – Annabel Pitcher
‘Nowhere’ – Jon Robinson ‘The Drowning’ – Rachel Ward
Young people from all 24 North Lanarkshire High schools are encouraged to get involved in the Catalyst experience in a number of ways; from book groups within school or public libraries, to author visits and book reviews on the blog. Young people will then vote on which books in the longlist should make it onto the Catalyst shortlist and go forward to win the Catalyst Book Award 2014.
16 books – 1 Winner
Who Will Win? You Decide