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Major accolade for Caithness author as book is listed as 'one of the best for teens'


By David G Scott

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An author living at Stempster near Westfield has had her latest book given a glowing commendation by the Scottish Book Trust (SBT).

Young adult book, Honour’s Rest, by Judith Crow was named one of the “Best Books for Teens” by the Trust.

The novel, published by Crowvus in October 2021, is set across the Highland region, with some of the key scenes in the book taking place in Dunbeath.

Author Judith Crow said the novel is the most favourite she has ever written.
Author Judith Crow said the novel is the most favourite she has ever written.

Judith said: “I haven’t stopped talking about Honour’s Rest being listed by the Scottish Book Trust as one of their top picks for the autumn/winter season.

"It’s such a special book to me – certainly my favourite one I’ve ever written. I love how the north of Scotland setting has appealed so much to people, and it is great to have included Caithness in that.”

In an article which saw it listed alongside books by Kamala Harris and Xiran Jay Zhao, Honour’s Rest was described by the SBT as being “a riveting story of friendship and magic”.

Cover of Honour's Rest which has been named as a 'best book for teens'. Tammy Ruggles from Readers' Favorite said: 'An energetic, engrossing YA fantasy novel that will satisfy any Harry Potter fan looking for new characters and a new novelist to fall in love with.'
Cover of Honour's Rest which has been named as a 'best book for teens'. Tammy Ruggles from Readers' Favorite said: 'An energetic, engrossing YA fantasy novel that will satisfy any Harry Potter fan looking for new characters and a new novelist to fall in love with.'

Honour’s Rest is a young adult magical realism novel set almost entirely in the Highlands and which follows the story of a teenage boy who is sent to live with his uncle after he starts displaying magical abilities.

Other successes for Honour’s Rest include an array of five star reviews and being shortlisted in the Eyelands Book Awards – an international book prize – as well as a well-received day of events at Kingussie High School. It was also voted Book of the Month for November by readers from Long and Short Reviews.

Tammy Ruggles from Readers' Favorite said: "An energetic, engrossing YA fantasy novel that will satisfy any Harry Potter fan looking for new characters and a new novelist to fall in love with."

Critic Mary R. Lanni said: “A thought-provoking addition to library collections for young adult readers.”

More information on Crowvus and how to purchase Honour’s Rest and other titles can be found at at www.crowvus.com/

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Magic of Caithness inspires latest Crowvus book release


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