Some of our Key Stage 3 pupils have been eagerly reading new books as part of the North East Book Awards. The annual award sees five top-quality new children’s novels being shortlisted. However, the award is unusual because young readers are the judges. 23 of our Year 7 and Year 8 pupils read all the shortlisted novels, then voted for their favourites.

A large group of our young book judges also attended the awards party, held in the Centre for Life’s banqueting suite on 18 June. Five authors shared their inspirations, ideas and insights in a celebration of books, reading and creativity. This included fascinating presentations from shortlisted authors Ross Welford (‘The Thousand Year Old Boy’) and Mitch Johnson (‘Kick’). The winner was announced too: Helena Duggan’s sinister dystopian novel ‘A Place Called Perfect’.
Every participating pupil received a book voucher. At the awards party quite a few members of the OMS contingent took the opportunity to not only buy new books but also get them signed by their authors. It was an inspiring evening and we are already looking forward to next year.