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Alcester Schools’ Book Award – 2016

Our annual event kicked off with great excitement in March with the first event held at Alcester Academy.

The participating Year 8 students all came together to discover which books had been chosen by the School Librarians and then had a chance to discuss, on first appearance, which books they thought had the best chance of winning based on their blurb and cover.

The list of books for 2016 were:

1              Nowhere                                              Jon Robinson

2              One Day in Oradour                         Helen Watts

3              Dark Lord                                            Jamie Thompson

4              Fly Away                                              Lucy Christopher

5              Terror Kid                                            Benjamin Zephaniah

Their position: based on the cover and blurb were as follows:

1st        Nowhere        (20) + Staff (5)

2nd      Terror Kid        (5)

3rd       Flyaway          (1) – yellow cover version

What followed was reading the novels for the pupils to decide their winners. What will be the final result?


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Dan Freedman Author Competition – become a published author

Dan Freedman is a much appreciated author who visited the Library as part of the Alcester Schools’ Book Award and now we have registered for and have details of a fabulous competition running as regards his latest novel, ‘Final Whistle’.  Dan Freedman will be judging all entries and the winning writer will become a published author!

Also, Freedman will visit the winner’s school and bring along a top football coach; the school will be delivered 30 unique new copies of FINAL WHISTLE, complete with the winning piece of writing included as the ending to the book!

The closing date is Friday 25th October.

See Mrs Beeson for entering.

Kevin Crossley-Holland: author trip

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On Thursday 6th October 2011, some students from Year 8 along with Mrs Beeson and Mrs Coates, went to Warwick Arts Centre to see the acclaimed author Kevin Crossley-Holland.  Whilst there, as some of the students have written about and illustrated, they learnt about Crossley-Holland’s life, books and style of writing.

He talked about some of his books, including his current, historic and exciting Viking novel, ‘Bracelet of Bones’ from which he read some extracts, holding the audience’s attention.  There was also time for questions and Kevin Crossley-Holland gave useful advice to potential writers.  Some of our students were particularly delighted to get their copies of his novel signed and all said how much they enjoyed the trip.  Check out the displays in school.

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