The Teenagers’ Prize has become a must for Norman middle and high school students. Discover the keys of success of the 1st literary prize for teenagers in Normandy, supported by both students and professors!

© Naïade Plante
© Naïade Plante

Created by 2009, the Teenagers’ Prize is an initiative mutually promoted by the Espaces Culturels E. Leclerc de Normandie and the Books & Music Festival. The reading committee has dedicated summer to the selection of four works whose common thread is music. From September, middle and high school classes enrol and receive a batch of books offered by the Espaces Culturels Leclerc. During the school year, the students explore the multiple literary world and work on the book selection, making written, video, music and plastic projects...and then, in March, vote for their favourite book.

During the day in schools, a great awarding ceremony of the Teenagers’ Prize, organized by a literary journalist and alternating debates and musical sets, gathers the authors and 1,600 young members of the jury coming from all over the region for the occasion. The ceremony of this edition will take place on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 10 am at the CID of Deauville.

The laureate receives a grant of € 1,000 and his book benefits of a promotion campaign in all the Espaces Culturels Leclerc de France.

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The 2018 selection: 4 books inspired by music


Stabat Murder

(Editions Syros)

Lady Sir
(Editions Glénat)
Quand je serai grand, je serai Nana Mouskouri
(Editions Anne Carrière)

(Editions Rageot)

Valentin, Matthis, Mia and Sacha have been taking piano lessons at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique for three years. Three years of perfectionism and dedication entirely dedicated to a contest that will determine their fate. They are inseparable, understand each other better than anybody else, but they are also competitors and have nothing in common with normal teenagers. When, from one day to another, Valentin, Matthis, Mia and Sacha are reported missing, superintendent Clara Di Lazio start investigating their families...

She is an actress; they are a musician and a comic book artist. A priori, they have nothing in common, but music was an opportunity to join. This album is the history of two meetings.  First, that between Rachida Brakni and Gaëtan Roussel and the birth of their new group: « Lady Sir ». Then, that of the duo with Fred Bernard for the launching on April 14 of their first album:  Accidently Yours. In the recording studio or at their place, from Paris to Lisbon, the artist has been following them, has been accompanying them, interviewing their family, to deliver, as a text or images, the unconventional and touching chronics of a musical project.



Since his childhood, Milou has had unusual ambitions. In the playground, this little boy loved pretended to be a princess, and made his female friends pretend to be soldiers. She imagined to become an orange monster, the Casimir of the L’île aux enfants, before pretending to be the most powerful of the Egypt queens.
But, at the age of thirteen, a voice made all his project shake. That of Nana Mouskouri. At that moment, he decided to become that woman!





Moscow, October 1917. The First World War raged and the Tsars' Kingdom ended, giving way to a provisional government, not listening to the people’s distress. While Lena, 17, joined the rows of the revolutionaries preparing the insurrection, Tatiana, her twin sister, was dreaming of a successful career in theatre.

Together, they wanted to make their contribution for a new world. Together, they wanted to conquer a new place in the world.
















The laureates of the Teenagers' Prize since its creation:
2017: Claire Loup, Run Billie, Éditions Gallimard Jeunesse
2016: Tristan Koëgel, Bluebird, Éditions Didier Jeunesse
2015: Vincent Brunner, Platine, Éditions Flammarion
2014: Nathalie Le Gendre, Ecoute battre mon cœur, Éditions Flammarion
2013: Yann Le Quellec & Romain Ronzeau, Love is in the air guitare, Éditions Delcourt
2012: Isabelle Duquesnoy, Constance fiancée de Mozart, Éditions Gallimard Jeunesse
2011: Christian Binet, Haut de Gamme, Éditions Dargaud
2010: Paule du Bouchet, Chante Luna, Éditions Gallimard Jeunesse
2009: Reinhard Kleist, Johnny Cash : une vie (1932-2003), Éditions Dargaud

The 2018 Teenagers' Prize, in few words:
- 3,400 enrolled students and as many books provided by the 21 Espaces Culturels Leclerc of Normandy!
- 131 classes of 65 schools in 5 Norman departments, from Cherbourg to Fécamp.
- An original selection of 4 books about music
- About ten meetings dedicated to teenagers during the day with schools
- About one hundred questions for the authors!

A literary mobilization for the Centre François Baclesse
For the anniversary of this Festival, the Espaces Culturels E.Leclerc – partner of the Teenagers' Prize since its creation - wish to associate the Prize awarding to a strong actions in terms of transmission of culture.
The 1,600 teenagers that will be there on Friday, April 13 are invited to bring their favourite book: a book they love or that has marked their childhood, but, above all, a book they want to share! They are also invited to write a "preface" in the book to personnalize it. These books will be given to the Cancer Center François Baclesse de Caen.