Teri scoops book award
Published on: 31 Mar 2014
AUTHOR Teri Terry is the winner of this year's South Gloucestershire literature prize, the Concorde Book Award.
Her debut novel Slated was chosen after a challenge in which hundreds of students from school and public library reading groups 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 at Emersons Green.
Receiving the award, Teri Terry said: “I’m absolutely delighted to win the Concorde Book Award. Awards voted for by readers mean the most.”
Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, Ian Boulton, said: “Once again I’m overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the young people who have taken part in this year’s awards.
“Reading for pleasure is such a fantastic activity and the remarkable thing about the Concorde Awards is the way in which it promotes a habit that will hopefully stay with our young people throughout their lives.
“So congratulations to all the young people who have taken part, to South Gloucestershire’s school and public librarians for organising another excellent event, and last but not least, to Teri Terry for her well-deserved win.”
The scheme aims to promote a love of reading among 11-13 year olds and in the seven years since it was launched 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.
This year’s shortlisted titles were The Bonehill Curse by Jon Mayhew; Gangsta Granny by David Walliams; Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner; Slated by Teri Terry; Wonder by RJ Palacio; and Tom Gates: Everything’s Amazing … Sort Of by Liz Pichon.