COE faculty member’s manuscript receives international award
Petros Panaou, a clinical associate professor in the College of Education's language and literacy education department, recently received an award from the Cyprus section of the International Board on Books for Young People for a Greek science fiction manuscript he wrote last year.
Representing an international network of people from all over the world, the International Board on Books for Young People is a nonprofit organization that brings books and children together. Panaou became a member of the U.S. section and a state ambassador of the organization after serving as a board member of the Cyprus section for several years. His manuscript, which was judged in a blind review process along with novels submitted by Greek-speaking authors from around the world, will likely be published as a result of the recognition.
Panaou's manuscript, The Cellphone, follows Renos, a 15-year-old boy growing up in a world plagued by economic depression, racism, xenophobia and extremism. Even when someone is willing to listen, Renos' shyness and social awkwardness prevent him from communicating with his peers as well as adults. But as clumsy as he is with oral communication, he excels as both a reader and writer. His extraordinary skills with the written word come in handy when he discovers an amazing device that he initially mistakes for a cellphone.