Blurb Winner

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Winner of Scottish blurb competition pictured with author Catherine MacPhail

The Winner is Becky Wright from Morgan Academy with this entry:

The school was dark. Empty. Phoebe and her 5 best friends sat alone in their maths classroom getting ready for a ghostly game of hide and seek. One after another they start to go missing.

Will they be able to find their friends in time to face the danger that hovers around the corner?

Becky will see her blurb transformed into a story by bestselling author Catherine MacPhail. The book will be published by Barrington Stoke in early 2009.




ABOUT THE COMPETITION

The project was the idea of Moira Foster, Learning Resources Co-ordinator, and Stuart Syme, Schools Library Service Librarian, Dundee Council. They approached Barrington Stoke, an award-winning publisher, based in Edinburgh, who specialise in books for the reluctant, struggling and dyslexic reader. They readily agreed to publish the book and commissioned Catherine MacPhail to write the story. Catherine also visited secondary schools across Dundee and carried out inspirational workshops.
Moira Foster of Dundee Libraries says:

"We have been delighted to see the response to the competition and to the Barrington Stoke books. The pupils have wolfed them down irrespective of their ability to read. The able pupils have read numerous titles and the less able have felt a sense of achievement in getting through one or two.

"Cathy's visits were inspirational. She connected so well with her young audience and her enthusiasm for the competition and her promise to write a cracking good read in response to the winning blurb motivated the children to really get into the project.

"The feedback from teachers has been really positive and we know of two schools who wish to embed the project into their first year curriculum even though there will be no big prize at the end of it."


Author Catherine MacPhail says:
'So many could have been the winners, that they must write their story themselves. Great imagination, and great ideas. I can't wait to get started. '
Moira Foster, Stuart Syme and Catherine MacPhail are available to interview.

For more information, please contact:
Nicky Potter Barrington Stoke 0208 889 9735 nicpot@dircon.co.uk
Moira Foster 01382 434888 moira.foster@dundeecity.gov.uk


The RESULTS

WINNER

Becky Wright - Morgan Academy

The school was dark. Empty. Phoebe and her 5 best friends sat alone in their maths classroom getting ready for a ghostly game of hide and seek. One after another they start to go missing.

Will they be able to find their friends in time to face the danger that hovers around the corner?

The judges said:

Really atmospheric, scary, balancing between spookiness and real-life terror. Nicely detailed in a short space - the story could develop in various directions, but all of them would grow out of what's written here. There's something about the tiny details of the empty, dark classroom and the girls looking to give themselves a scare and getting more than they bargained for that brings the story instantly alive. You just know the feel and shape of the book from this blurb - it leaps off the page, vivid as a teen horror movie, and as compelling. And it fits Cathy's voice beautifully!

Kate Paice, Editorial Manager of Barrington Stoke, says:
'The quality of the entries was stunning - we expected to see some good ideas, but we didn't realise just how good they would be. We were really impressed by the imagination and hard work of all the children involved. Picking a shortlist was a real challenge, narrowing it down to the final five was even harder, and selecting the final winner from the top five was one of the hardest decisions we've made in a while!

We were looking for an original, inspiring idea, a detailed and atmospheric blurb, a concept that would make an unputdownable book, plus the 'Wow!' factor - something about the idea that gave us goosebumps and made us think, 'I've got to read this story!'. Our winning entry has all these elements and Catherine MacPhail is hard at work already...

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