Worcestershire Teen Book Award (WTBA)

The WTBA is designed to celebrate the wonderful range of titles published for young people between 11 - 14 years. Young People have the opportunity to read and vote for their favourite book within the year it was published. The last award was celebrated in 2018.

Chris Bradford at the Teen Book Awards ceremonyAt an energetic ceremony on Tuesday 20 March, where 150 pupils were treated to displays of bodyguard protection, and Samurai sword fighting (risk assessments provided) by author Chris Bradford, the winner of this year's WTBA book was announce as I have no secrets by Penny Joelson.

A popular choice, the book is centred around Jemma who is unable to communicate, but gets her message across.

12 schools battled it out in a quiz on the 6 shortlisted books with Kings Schools, Worcester being eventual winners.

Chris Bradford gave an insight into his writing and Young Poet Laureate Rachel Evans read her winning poem to further inspire writing and reading.
Already we are starting to think about next year's process.


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  • this award is for books aimed at readers in years 7 to 9
  • to be eligible, the books must published from November one year through to the following October and must not be a sequel
  • pupils then vote in school to whittle down to a shortlist of six
  • books are read over Spring term and votes collated for the final announcement

Although we encourage pupils to read as many of the titles as possible, we will accept votes if pupils have not read the lot, but still get excited by what they have read.

This activity is accredited for pupils participating in Children's University.

Worcestershire Children's University

Worcestershire Children's University

Previous year's winners

View the previous Worcestershire Teen Book Award (WTBA) winners