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Elizabeth Wein launches the Catalyst longlist for 2014

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Gillian Philip at OLHS

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Great Catalyst Book Trailer Competition – The Winners!

Congratulations to Amy Connolly, Connie McFarlane, Kirsty Craigie and Alex Burke of Kilsyth Academy, whose trailer for Dreams by Daniela Sacerdoti, has been selected as the winner of the Great Catalyst Book Trailer Competition 2013.

Judge, Anton Smith, from the Learning Centre is Bellshill, told us,

I enjoyed all of the trailers and the powerpoint presentation did encourage me to look up the book to find out more. I was looking for a trailer that had interpreted the themes of the book and was able to convey a sense of the story without giving too much away.

In his comments about the winner, Anton added,

The video looks like it has been filmed on an iPhone in portrait style. Normally filming in this mode is not what I would recommend but in this video, the orientatin of the camera is used for great dramatic and artistic effect. With effective use of music, slow motion, colour and shock each shot is framed to grab the viewer’s attention. This trailer made me want to know more about this book and its author.

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Catalyst 2014 – can you pick a winner?

Selection criteria for North Lanarkshire’s Catalyst Teenage Book Awards 2013:

  • The book must have been published between 1st October 2012 – 30th September 2013
  • It must be suitable for people between 14 – 16 (roughly S3-4), although other people can love it too.
  • It can’t be a reprint or a sequel
  • The author must live in Britain or Ireland
  • It should be published as a paperback or e-book.
  • Most importantly, it must be a fabulous, can’t-put-it-down, I-need-to-know-what-happens-next-or-I’ll-explode kind of book.

Useful places to look:

Good Reads

Amazon  (Including lists)



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Catalyst Award 2013

The ballot boxes have been emptied, the votes have been counted, and we have a winner!

Congratulations to

Elizabeth Wein


Code Name Verity

Winner of the 2013 Catalyst Book Award.

Commiserations to Patrick Ness, Matt Dickinson, Tom Gauld, and Will Hill, championed by many.

Our winner sent the following message:

I was delighted and thrilled to hear that Code Name Verity has been selected as the Catalyst Award winner. The best news an author can get is that her readers are reading and enjoying her book!

My visits to Our Lady’s High School in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Academy this spring helped me get to know some of those enthusiastic readers, and I can’t thank you enough for your welcome and spirited discussions – and for Kilsyth’s fabulous book trailer.

I look forward to meeting some more of the North Lanarkshire Catalyst participants in the autumn!

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Great Catalyst Book Trailer Competition 2013 – entries

The following videos have all been made by North Lanarkshire pupils as entries for the great Catalyst Book Trailer Competition 2013.

Working with Librarians and Teachers, pupils chose one of this year’s Catalyst longlist for their trailer using and developing new skills along the way, including learning about camera angles, storyboards, photography, various software packages, acting, plagiarism, copyright, and of course, teamwork and literacy skills.

The trailers should meet the criteria laid down by the competition rules, and are being judged this year by Anton Smith from the Learning Centre, Bellshill

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness: trailer by Kilsyth Academy

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness: trailer by Our Lady’s High School, Motherwell


Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: trailer by Kilsyth Academy

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Department 19 by Will Hill: trailer by Our Lady’s High School, Motherwell