Keen readers help judge book award.

girl in the window

A record number of OMS pupils – 30 in total – read this year’s shortlisted books for the region’s major children books’ award. The North East Book Awards shortlist proved a popular selection with Ovingham pupils across Years 6, 7 and 8.

Six newly-published novels were gobbled up by many of our keen readers. The shortlist had a remarkable range of themes and styles, providing a fantastic sample of the great range of books being published for the 10-13 age range.

Pupils voted on their favourites after two months of reading the shortlisted books, with votes contributing towards determining the award winner. Penny Joelson’s ‘A Girl in the Window’ was announced the winner at the Centre for Life on 10 June. Some of our judges attended the awards party, which featured most of the authors they have been reading.

Those who attended the awards party bought new books and got their award favourites signed by the authors. Everyone who read the books has received a book voucher. Also, we have multiple copies of all the six shortlisted books in school, so anyone interested in reading them should ask Mr Snowdon.