Filipinas Sophia Marie Lee and Catherine Torres respectively bagged the Grand Prize and Second Prize at the 2014 Scholastic Asian Book Awards on May 30 at the awarding ceremony in Singapore.
Lee’s story, “What Things Mean,” revolves around Olive, a girl too similar to her missing father. To understand herself and her meaning in the world, she embarks on a quest and finds out that it is she who puts meaning into things and not the other way around.
Lee is currently taking up her MA in Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She was a fellow at the 52nd Silliman National Writers Workshop, and a member of the group Kwentista ng mga Tsikiting (Storytellers for Children).