Lying About Last Summer, by Sue Wallman, has been announced as the winner of the Worcestershire Teen Book Awards.
120 pupils from schools across the county were in attendance at the ceremony, held at County Hall today (29 March).
For the last four months young people across Worcestershire have been encouraged by their school librarians and public library staff 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 consisted 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
Schools in attendance first battled it out in a fun quiz all about the shortlisted books, with Woodrush High School emerging as winners. YA author and ambassador for underprivileged children Sufiya Ahmed then gave a talk about her writing, answered questions and signed copies of her books, before performances from Young Poet Laureate finalists.
Lying About Last Summer, by Sue Wallman was then announced as the winner of the Worcestershire Teen Book Awards 2017.
Dawn Woods, Schools' Library Service Manager, said: "The Worcestershire Teen Book Awards are a brilliant encouragement of reading for pleasure and widening reading tastes. The award is now in its tenth year and the response has been overwhelmingly positive, as always.
"Congratulations to Sue Wallman and all of the nominees for giving young people across Worcestershire a passion for reading that could last a lifetime which makes such a difference to their future."
For more information about the Worcestershire Teen Book Awards contact Dawn Woods on 01905 420273 or firstname.lastname@example.org