NI Drewett Book Award
THE FACELESS ONES WINS 2010 AWARD
The first Northern Ireland Drewett Book Award has been won by Derek Landy's The Faceless Ones, the third Skulduggery Pleasant book. After a very close vote, the winner was announced at the grand finale on 24th March. Derek Landy sent the following message:
"I’m sitting in my hotel room in Australia as I write this, the Sydney harbour stretching out beneath me and the sun streaming in through the window, and the only thing I want right now is to be back home in Ireland, where I could take a train up to you guys and personally tell you what an honour this is. I’ve seen the other books on the shortlist, and I’ve read a few of them, and I’ve loved them. The Graveyard Book is, in my opinion, a ferociously brilliant book, so to even be nominated alongside it was a thrill in itself. I never expected to win, and I’m quite stunned that I did, but this proves that you are obviously readers of tremendous taste and intelligence…!
Thank you so much, and I’m delighted to have won the Northern Ireland Book Award, and I hope to see you soon. "
The runner-up was Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. In third place was Sophie McKenzie's The Medusa Project: The Set Up.
The winner was announced at a special awards ceremony attended by local schools on March 24th 2010.
For further information log on to the award's website: http://www.nibookaward.org.uk/