The Scottish Teenage Book Prize celebrates the very best in Scottish teen fiction, and aims to encourage reading for pleasure amongst teenagers. Every year, we select the three best new books from Scottish authors and publishers for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize shortlist. Teenagers all over Scotland read all three books on the shortlist and decide the winner by voting for their favourite.
I was excited to review this book, having read the review in the Sunday Times, Best children's books of 2020. As a teacher, I read with my mind on the type of child that would enjoy the book. From the first two chapters, I realised that whoever read Evernight needed to be quite robust and not prone to nightmares.
It was one of the most descriptive and vivid books I have read. The characters are brilliantly portrayed. Mrs Hester and Shadow Jack were eerily real and the 'soulless' white witches believably sad.
The setting reminded me of a darker and magical version of Dickensian England. Throughout the quite scary and graphically descriptive story comes a strong message of Good triumphing over evil. The characters of Lara and Joe give the book a gentler human element and their bravery and determination, a theme children can relate to. Despite its dark side, it is a story of hope and victory. An exciting read!
- Rosie Watch (Teacher Reviewer)
Lots of young people take part as a group organised through their school or local library, or you can take part as an individual.
Taking part as a school or library group? We have lots of brilliant cross-curricular activity suggestions to help you make the most of the prize. You can also download the Scottish Teenage Book Prize poster for a display in your classroom or library!