Unhooking the Moon wins Booktrust Teenage Prize
2nd November 2010
Gregory Hughes has been named the winner of the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2010 with his debut novel Unhooking the Moon.
Hughes, who works as a deep-sea diver, was presented with the GBP 2,500 prize at a ceremony in central London yesterday (November 1st). The winning book follows the story of two orphans who travel to New York to find their uncle after the death of their father.
Tony Bradman, the chair of the judging panel, praised the quality of the 2010 shortlist, but claimed Hughes' book and his 'genuinely unique voice' immediately stood out from the competition.
'Unhooking the Moon is original, poignant and funny and full of terrific characters and gripping storytelling, while also managing to explore the kind of themes teenagers will find engaging,' he added.
Charlie Higson's The Enemy, Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick, Zizou Corder's Halo, Nobody's Girl by Sarra Manning
and Jason Wallace's Out of Shadows were the other books shortlisted for the prize.
Later this month, Booktrust will announce the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010. Quentin Blake, Anna Kemp, Louise Yates, Jeanne Willis, Chris Wormell and Lee Weatherly have been shortlisted for the GBP 2,500 award.