"I have no secrets" by Penny Joelson, has been announced as the winner of the Worcestershire Teen Book Awards 2018.
Pupils from schools across the county were joined by author, Chris Bradford and Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate, Rachel Evans at County Hall today (20 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.
These were chosen by students who had 'speed-dated' 30 books; reviewing book covers and blurb to decide on their favourites. Young people have been reading the shortlisted titles since late Dec 2017 and have voted for their favourite reads.
The shortlist was selected by pupils aged 11 – 14 years in schools around the county and consisted of:
- Charlotte says by Alex Bell
- Wolf children by Paul Dowswell
- I have no secrets by Penny Joelson
- Where the world ends by Geraldine McCaughrean
- Thornhill by Pam Smy
- Life in a fishbowl by Len Vlahos
The ceremony began with a quiz on the 6 books, then author talk by Chris Bradford.
Carol Brown, Service Manager for Libraries, said: "The Worcestershire Teen Book Awards are a brilliant way of encouraging school children to read for pleasure and to widen their reading tastes.
"Congratulations to Penny Joelson and all of the nominees for helping young people across Worcestershire develop a passion for reading that could last a lifetime."
Guest author, Chris Bradford added: "I want to enthuse readers and inspire people to read. I travel all over the world and have been to Zambia, Malaysia and America, and today I'm in Worcestershire because reading is essential everywhere."