Back in August we announced the short-list for our Year 9 Book Award and last week we held the final ceremony to announce the winner.

Pupils taking part came together at The Bridge House Theatre in Warwick to hear Ella Khan, literary agent to Vanessa Curtis talk about Vanessa’s book The Earth is singing, the role of a literary agent and the process of getting a book published.  And both Susin Nielsen (We are all made of molecules) and Allan Stratton (The Dogs) sent video links for the pupils to watch, giving inspirational talks on the writing process and the magic of reading.

Ella Khan reading an extract from The Earth is Singing.

Pupils from Stratford upon Avon School and King Edward VI School in Stratford upon Avon also championed two of the books, coming up on stage and giving us moving reviews and speaking about how the books made them feel.  We had competition winners from The Polesworth School and Avon Valley School for some wonderful poetry entries and also Myton School for an excellent book review.  The students kindly came up on stage to read their winning entries.

Unfortunately non of our short-listed authors could attend the ceremony in person this year, so we asked some keen students to step up on stage to accept the certificates on their behalf!  This year’s winner was The Earth is Singing by Vanessa Curtis.

Pupils accepting the author certificates!

The awards provide a great opportunity for wider reading, reading for pleasure and gives the students a great sense of ownership as they alone get to choose the winner.