Warwickshire Schools’ Library Award – March 2012
The annual Warwickshire Schools’ Library Award, culminated in March with an exciting Awards Session at the Bridge House Theatre, Warwick School.
This local Reading Award, organised by the Warwickshire Schools’ Library Service, involved the KS3 students reading a shortlist of 6 books before voting for their favourite choice: a book that “…you can’t put down”.
After meeting each week, to help with each student’s choice of the top three, they then met with Alice Wyatt, from the Schools’ Library Service, to discuss the six nominated books and their impressions of the narratives and particular characters. There were some really thoughtful points that came up.
A short time afterwards the students voted for their combined winning choice, which was the sinisterly named “The Poisoned House”, by Michael Ford. At the final Awards Ceremony our team made a short, dramatised presentation of “The Poisoned House” to convey a flavour of the novel. They were delighted to discover that the author chosen to help host the presentation was Michael Ford!
The overall winner, for all the schools participating, was “Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness: a superbly written book taken from an outline story by the late Siobhan Dowd.