Mearns pupil takes top reading prize

Teenage reading winner
Teenage reading winner

Mearns girl Paris Joy Linday-Murray has won the Teenage Reading Month top prize for her review of ‘Cirque du Freak’.

Teenage Reading Month is an annual event organised by library staff from Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Service and encourages young people to connect with literature of all kinds.

Paris Joy Lindsay-Murray of Mearns Academy took the top prize of a Kindle Fire for a review of ‘Cirque du Freak’ by author Darren Shan.

Describing the book, Paris said: “I felt like I was there, in the story, just watching as the plot unravelled and everything built up to an epic climax.”

In joint second place winning iPod shuffles were Rebecca Kindness of Mintlaw Academy for a review of ‘The Hunger Games’ by author Suzanne Collins and Talia Cook of Peterhead Academy who reviewed ‘Wither’ by author Lauren De Stefano.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee ,Councillor Isobel Davidson, was impressed with this year’s entries.

She said: “Teenage Reading Month is an opportunity for our young people to get involved with literature and this year we are incredibly impressed by the standard of writing submitted.

“The competition encourages young people to read and offers a diverse range of activities. We are delighted that it has been received so well by this age group and we look forward to the future of this competition.”

Vice chair Councillor Ron McKail added he was already looking forward to next year’s competition.

He said: “Good reading and writing skills provide the basis for lifelong learning and offers more opportunities in life.

“We encourage as many teenagers in the north east as possible to head along to their local library, join in the discussions and start putting pen to paper.

“This year’s entries were very good and I look forward to next year.’’