Teen readers choose thriller as Concorde award winner
Published on: 28 Mar 2016
YOUNG bookworms have chosen their winning author in a competition dubbed the ‘Young people’s Booker’.
Emma Pass’s futuristic thriller The Fearless has been voted the 2016 winner of South Gloucestershire’s young people’s literature prize, the Concorde Book Award.
The debut novel by the Derbyshire author beat off competition from five other young people’s fiction titles to claim the coveted award.
Emma was chosen after a district-wide reading challenge in which hundreds of young people from public and school library reading groups throughout South Gloucestershire worked their way through a shortlist of titles.
Votes were cast on World Book Day and the winner was announced at a gala event at the Bristol and Bath Science Park in Emersons Green.
Receiving the award, Emma said: “Thank you so much. I’m absolutely shocked – I was not expecting it at all. Winning these awards means so much because it’s the readers that pick the winning author.
“I am absolutely honoured to have won – it has been a fantastic evening. Thank you so much for inviting me!”
Chair of South Gloucestershire Council Cllr Erica Williams said: “Reading for pleasure is a very rewarding activity and the great thing about the Concorde Book Award is the way it encourages a love for books that will hopefully stay with those taking part throughout their lives.”
Wild Boy author Rob Lloyd Jones and bestselling World Book Day author Cavan Scott also attended and spoke at the event.
The Concorde Book Award is a long-running ‘young people’s Booker’ run by South Gloucestershire schools and public libraries in which groups of young people read a shortlist of novels before voting on their favourite title.
The scheme aims to promote a love of reading among 11-13 year olds and since it was launched in 2007, thousands of young people have taken part.
The award is unique in being one of the few literary awards chosen by young people rather than adults.
Shortlisted books are made available from South Gloucestershire public and school libraries, and voting takes place on World Book Day in March each year.
The award is part of Time4Reading, South Gloucestershire Council’s year of events to get everyone reading. For more information visit www.southglos.gov.uk/time4reading