Debut author Mark Smith has won this year’s Kelpies Prize, organised by publisher Floris Books, for his superhero adventure Slug Boy Saves the World.
The book is about an 11-year-old called Murdo McLeod who becomes the world’s worst superhero after an encounter with a radioactive slug.
Floris senior commissioning editor Eleanor Collins said the book, which beat two other shortlisted titles, stood out “with its fresh voice and hilarious characterisation of the world’s least likely superhero.”
Smith was presented with a £2,000 cash prize from Debi Gliori, illustrator-in-residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, at the festival yesterday (27th August). He also has a publishing deal with Floris Books’ Kelpies imprint.
Floris Books first awarded the Kelpies Prize in 2005 with support from the Scottish Arts Council, now Creative Scotland, to encourage and reward Scottish writing for children.
Also on the shortlist this year were Drowning in the Mirror by Julie MacPherson and Monsters M.I.A. by Justin Nevil.