"Encouraging Creative Advertising" Award for her book "The Tenth."
Excerpt from the judge's comments:
One of the more interesting literary debates is the link between current events and the actual written literature. It turned out often that more peaceful times grew more eminent writers; however during more tense times, it took longer to reach literary expression. SmadarShir took a difficult task upon herself: expressing in a young adult's book the coping of a serious injury resulting from a terrorist attack. Expressed from the injured boy himself, Asaf, we learn in a moving yet careful way (with no tendency for exaggeration) about his life until the attack and his and his family's coping after. "Then, I didn't know that there were terrorist attacks that force you to mature, instantly, thousands of years," Asaf refers to his childhood.
Throughout the story, the treatments in the hospital, the leg and hand that are no longer there, the family, the mother who passed away along with other characters, the moving and exciting integration, is all focused in the most personal way on the fate of a wounded boy fighting for his physical and mental health. "It doesn't matter how many surgeries I have been through, I will never go back to being who I used to be," says Asaf to his grandmother with a linked acceptance and distress. "The Tenth" surgery planned for Asaf will successfully be detached from the scene of the attack and the corridors of the hospital by reaching the emotions of every young adult.