Local schools help choose book award winner

Published on: 24 Mar 2017


STUDENTS from Downend, Mangotsfield and Winterbourne secondary schools and Emersons Green Library book group were among those that helped choosed the winner of the 2017 winner Concorde Book Award.

Votes were cast for South Gloucestershire’s literature prize for young people on World Book Day and the winner was announced at a ceremony at the Bristol & Bath Science Park in Lyde Green on March 7.

A civil rights story, Lies We Tell Ourselves, a debut novel by American author Robin Talley beat off competition from five other fiction titles to claim the established annual award, which is known as the young people’s Booker.

She said: “It's an incredible thrill to receive an award that's given out by young readers themselves. I encourage all of the students who read and voted for these awards to keep on reading, and to keep thinking critically about the books you read. It's a wonderful way to learn, but more importantly, it's a lot of fun.”

Robin was presented with the award by the chairwoman of South Gloucestershire Council Councillor Erica Williams, who said: “The Concorde Book Award is an excellent example of libraries and schools working together to support young people to read more and develop a lifelong habit of reading.”

The Concorde Book Award encourages 11 to 13-year-olds to join a reading group, whether at school or in a library, to read six shortlisted books and talk about them with group members, before voting on their favourite title.

It aims to promote a love of reading among 11-13 year olds, and thousands of young people have taken part since it was launched in 2007.

The Award is unique in being one of the few literary awards chosen by young people rather than adults.

This year’s shortlisted titles were Beetle Boy by M G Leonard; Car-Jacked by Ali Sparkes; House of Secrets by Chris Columbus; Lies we tell Ourselves by Robin Talley; Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens; and Young Sherlock - Night Break by Andrew Lane.

Participants are also encouraged to contribute to a dedicated online forum as part of the process of sharing views on each book http://concorde2017.edublogs.org/. There is an award for the group that makes the best contribution to the blog.

For more information on the Concorde Book Award, see www.southglos.gov.uk/concordebookaward

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