Worcestershire Teen Book Awards

Published Thursday, 23rd March 2017

The Worcestershire Teen Book Awards are to be held next Wednesday (29 March).

The ceremony will take place in the Council Chamber at County Hall for all County schools which took part.

For the last four months young people across Worcestershire have been encouraged to read a shortlist of six books and vote for their favourite title.

The shortlist was selected by pupils aged 11 – 14 years in schools around the county and consists of:

  • Born Scared by Kevin Brooks
  • Why I went back by James Clammer
  • The Trap by Alan Gibbons
  • Death or Ice cream by Gareth P Jones
  • Blame by Simon Mayo
  • Lying about last Summer by Sue Wallman

120 pupils are expected to fill the Council Chamber next week to hear the winning title announced. 

Schools will first battle it out in an interschool quiz all about the shortlisted books. YA author and ambassador for underprivileged children Sufiya Ahmed will talk about her writing and answer questions before signing her books.  Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate, Oakley Flanagan will then perform poems written especially for the event. The Worcestershire Teen Book Award-winning title will then be announced.

Dawn Woods, Schools Library Service Manager, said: "The Worcestershire Teen Book Awards are a great event to encourage young people to read for pleasure. The award is now in its tenth year and widens reading choices for young people as well as increasing wellbeing and confidence."

For more information contact Dawn Woods on 01905 420273 or dwoods@worcestershire.gov.uk