Ellon Academy pupil wins top book award

Ellon Academy pupil Domhnull MacIver likes nothing better than a good book.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 5th December 2013, 6:00 am
Domhnull MacIver
Domhnull MacIver

It could be up to three at a time for the avid young reader.

But Domhnull’s dedication to books has paid off for he has just been named Scotland’s Most Inspiring Teen Reader.

The S2 pupil was nominated in the category as one of Book Week Scotland’s Reading Heroes.

The Scottish Book Trust asked for nominations for people who are passionate about what they read, how they read and where they read – people for whom some form of reading is central to their lives.

Domhnull, 12, was nominated by Ellon Academy’s Guidance, English and Library staff.

His father taught him to read before P1 and his favourite author is Anthony Horowitz.

Domhnull said: “I love books because there’s more action, and more excitement and they’re more gory.

“I always have a book in my hand. I read probably 50% of my time, before school, at break and lunchtime, on the bus and at home.

“I come into the library at school and read. I read lots of books all at once, two or three at a time, chapter by chapter. “This is so I don’t finish them all too fast and end up with nothing to read, I worry I’ll run out.”

Brian Coyle, Domhnull’s English teacher, praised the youngster.

He said: “He’s a reading hero because of his passion for books, reads all the time, whether he should or shouldn’t be doing it, and has a great appetite for books.

“Teaching Domhnull is great. He’s got a creative spark in his writing from all his reading.

“It influences his writing. He understands characters and language. It affects all his written work.”

The Scottish Book Trust is the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland.