The Scottish Children’s Book Trust announced the shortlist for their 2015 awards season. The three books nominated in the “older readers” category, focused on those between 12 and 16 years of age, are The Piper by Danny Weston, Trouble on Cable Street by Joan Lindgard, and Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein.
In Danny Weston’s The Piper, Peter and Daisy escape from London to an isolated farm in the middle of a marshland. Daisy’s drawn to their new home, but Peter’s beginning to notice the strange and sinister things about it – like the music, which plays only at night, and the children who dance to it.
It’s 1936 in Joan Lindgard’s Trouble on Cable Street, and riots brew in the East End. Isabella’s brothers have split – one to Spain, one to the Fascist movement – and it’s up to her to keep her family together, even if she’s not sure her family has a future.
Em and Teo are adoptive siblings who move to Ethiopia in Elizabeth Wein’s Black Dove, White Raven. But when Ethiopia is drawn into a war with Italy, the devotion Em and Teo have to each other could save them or destroy them.
The Scottish Children’s Book Award is “is Scotland’s largest children’s book award and is voted for entirely by pupils in schools across the country,” according to their website. Votes on the shortlist must be cast by February 2016 and winners will be announced in March.
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