AWARD NEWS: Warwickshire Book Award 2011
New author Jon Mayhew is the winner of the seventh annual Warwickshire Secondary Book Award with his novel Mortlock. Other shortlisted titles included Where I Belong by Gillian Cross, Harriet Goodwin’s The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43, Ally Kennen’s Sparks, Andrew Newbound’s Demon Strike and The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh.
Organised annually by Warwickshire Schools Library Service (SLS), the award offers Year 7 and 8 pupils from schools all over the county the opportunity to read the six shortlisted titles, and discuss their favourites with their peers. Pupils cast their votes at the beginning of March and the winner was finally revealed at an exciting ceremony at Bridge House Theatre in Warwick on 22nd March.
Over 300 pupils, teachers and librarians attended the celebration where 6 schools each championed one of the books, and then all were entertained by shortlisted authors Andrew Newbound and Harriet Goodwin.
Stella Thebridge, SLS Manager, said: “Once again our secondary pupils voted for the book they considered the best ‘page-turner’ and recommended read. Their enthusiasm for the books was well in evidence at the celebration, and the award process shows how much they gain educationally and developmentally from taking part in this kind of reading challenge.”