Almost 200 pupils and school librarians from 14 schools joined us at the Winsford Academy as we celebrated the final of the Cheshire Schools' Book Award 2018. It was an exciting evening, as we welcomed four very different but equally inspiring authors - Kerry Drewery, Gill Lewis, Robin Stevens and John Young. They all had books in the shortlist and gave interesting and entertaining presentations about the story behind the books. They happily participated in a question and answer session, and with so many pupils bursting to ask questions we could quite easily have been there all night!
Finally it was time to reveal the results. Due to popular demand, this year we had two categories - one for older readers and one for younger readers, with five books on the shortlist for each category. The winner of the category for older readers was Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery and the runner up was The Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist by John Young. The winner of the category for younger readers was The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens and the runner up was A Story Like the Wind by Gill Lewis. It was a very happy coincidence that both the winners and runner ups were able to attend the final.
We were delighted that so many people were able to join us and have received lots of positive comments about the evening:
"Thank you. Our students were buzzing. The authors were all so different and their ways into writing. Very inspiring."
"Thanks as always for running this great event. You and your team always do a great job."
"Thank you for a lovely evening, all of our pupils enjoyed themselves and were extremely excited to meet 4 authors."
A huge thank you from the team at ELS to all who participated in the awards process and especially the pupils for their enthusiasm in reading the books, voting for the winner and attending the final. Watch this space for the Cheshire Schools' Book Award 2019.