New Young Adult author Alex Bell has been voted winner of the Worcestershire Teen Book Awards by young readers across the county.
The announcement was made at a celebratory event organised by Worcestershire County Council's Schools' Library Service team in the Council Chambers on Thursday 18 March.
For four months young people across Worcestershire were encouraged to read a shortlist of six books and vote for their favourite. The shortlist was selected by pupils aged 11 – 14 years in schools around the county and consisted of:
· Alex Bell: Frozen Charlotte
· Joseph Delaney: Arena 13
· Narinder Dhami: 13 hours
· Michelle Falkoff: Playlist for the dead
· Dan Smith: Big game
· Zoe Sugg: Girl Online
Over 200 pupils took part in the awards event, filling the Council Chamber. Fifteen schools battled it out in an interschool quiz all about the shortlisted books with Kings School, Worcester emerging victorious. Young Adult author Hayley Long gave a talk about her writing and answered questions from the audience before signing copies of her books. Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate, Ellie Courtman then performed her poem 'The Importance of Shakespeare ' as well as one written especially for the event.
The winner of the Worcestershire Teen Book Awards 2016 – Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell - was then announced.
Schools' Library Service Manager Dawn Woods said: "This was the ninth year of The Worcestershire Teen Book Awards, and it was one of the most competitive and enjoyable years yet. As well as being great fun, the Awards promote and widen reading choices for young people across the county, and help to increase wellbeing and confidence."
For more information on the Worcestershire Teen Book Awards contact Dawn Woods on 01905 420273 or email@example.com