Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Fantasy novelist Kiernan wins top children's book prize
"FANTASY AUTHOR Celine Kiernan was the big winner at yesterday’s Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards, receiving both the Book of the Year and the Children’s Choice Award for her supernatural thriller Into the Grey.
The book, her fourth novel, is set in 1970s Ireland and follows the lives of teenage twins, exploring their night-time encounters with ghosts and spirits.
The CBI Book of the Year Awards are the longest-running children’s book awards in Ireland.
Ms Kiernan, who won €5,000, said she was most proud of winning the Children’s Choice Award because it was chosen by a selection of junior juries from eight schools across Ireland.
The setting for her story was derived from her own childhood. “The story is set in Skerries. We used to go there a lot when I was a child and the entire setting is kind of ripped out of my childhood.”"