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Tanya Landman wins Scottish Teenage Book Prize

One Shot by Tanya Landman (Barrington Stoke) gained 40% of the vote by Scottish teenagers for their favourite book, and has therefore won the Scottish Teenage Book Prize.

The prize is run by Scottish Book Trust. The national charity encourages teenagers to get involved with the award by reading three shortlisted books and voting for their favourite as part of their class or reading group.

One Shot is set 150 years ago and was inspired by Annie Oakley, America's first female celebrity. The protagonist, Maggie, discovers she can fire a rifle with pinpoint accuracy. With this talent, she can feed her starving family, but must overcome social stereotypes to do so. Also included on the shortlist was Rok of the Reds (BHP Comics) by John Wagner, Alan Grant and Dan Cornwell, and Starfish (Ink Road) by Akemi Dawn Bowman.

Tanya Landman said, "I'm a writer. I'm supposed to be good with words, but I find it really hard to describe how utterly delighted and thrilled I am to win the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2020. One Shot is a really special book to me - it was the one that got me writing again after my husband's death - so for teenage readers to find it special enough to vote for is incredibly moving."

Landman, a former bookseller, has been writing full time since 1992. Her novels have spanned adventures, retellings of Greek myths and classic novels, detective stories, graphic novels, and historical fiction set in Britain and North and South America. Buffalo Soldier (Walker Books) won the Carnegie Medal in 2015. She is based in north Devon.

You can read a teacher's review of One Shot, and download an extract, here:

05/03/2020Tanya Landman wins Scottish Teenage Book Prize

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