Tabitha Suzuma’s From Where I Stand was crowned winner of the YoungMinds Book Award 2008 at the Unicorn Theatre.
The £2000 prize, presented by author, broadcaster and psychologist Dr Tanya Byron, was awarded to the book which most helps young people aged 12+ cope with the stresses and challenges of growing up.
From Where I Stand tells the story of Raven, a boy who has been placed in foster care after witnessing the death of his mum. He and his friend Lotte set out to track down his mum’s killer - but their careful plan goes dangerously wrong. Through his journey he experiences self harm and bullying, as well as the difficulties of family relationships.
Sarah Brennan, YoungMinds Chief Executive, said:
“From Where I Stand faced tough competition from five other excellent books, but its exploration of difficult issues and use of strong characters made it a deserving winner. Most young people will be able to identify with the situations in the story, at home or at school, which show how to deal with problems such bullying and not fitting in.
“This is the first year that we have awarded the YoungMinds prize to a book for young readers, and involving young people in the judging process has provided a real insight into the role books can play in a child’s life. They can help break the isolation experienced by many young people, demonstrating that their feelings and problems are not unique.
“Fiction can often be an easier way to explore mental health problems, providing detailed information in an accessible and engaging format for both teenagers and adults.”