Three weeks after the Goncourt prize won by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr for “The most secret memory of men, Clara Dupont-Monod became Thursday winner of the Goncourt high school students, awarded by a jury made up of high school students from all over France.
“To adapt” was elected in the first ballot, with 8 votes out of 13, among the five finalist novels, said the young jurors. In this novel, already consecrated by the Prix Femina, the 48-year-old editor and journalist imagines siblings upset by the arrival of a disabled child.
“I am really very moved. It’s a bit as if they welcomed a little this siblings who had to adapt, I am really very moved,” Clara Dupont-Monod responded by telephone, sobs in her voice.
This novel was also in the running for the Goncourt Prize. Clara Dupont-Monod is to receive the prize Thursday evening in Paris at the Ministry of National Education.
Each year since the creation of the Goncourt des Lycéens in 1988, around 2,000 high school students from all over France participate in the choice of the winner.