Awesome Book Awards

8 May 2018
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Farlington students from Preps 5 and 6 attended the Awesome Book Awards, organised by Cranleigh Prep School, last week. It was a celebration of five awesome books written by first-time authors.  The five books short-listed for the award were: Cogheart by Peter Bunzl; The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange; Erica’s Elephant by Sylvia Bishop; Radio Boy by Christian O’Connell; and Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson.

Children who had read all the books could vote for their favourite. The author of the book with the most readers’ votes would win and be declared ‘Awesome!’ There was also a smaller competition for the best reviews written by children.

The evening was introduced by last year’s winner, Ross Welford, who has now published his third book.  He gave a hilarious speech on the two questions he is most often asked, which are: what inspired you and where did you get your ideas from.  Each of the finalists then gave inspiring, and very funny accounts of how their books had come to be written.  I really enjoyed listening to their tips as I would like to be an author when I am older.

Then there was a ripple of excitement through the audience as Mr Welford opened the envelope containing the winner’s name. I had enjoyed all the books, but Lily’s quest to find her missing father in Cogheart really gripped me and made this book my favourite.  So I was thrilled when Peter Bunzl’s name was read out. I think it was an original idea and made me think about how robots could have feelings and what it means to be human.

Books by the authors were available to buy and after the award presentation, we were free to meet the authors and get our books signed. They were all really friendly and very generous with their time. They treated me as an equal and were very encouraging.

I thoroughly enjoyed the night, picking up tips from successful authors along the way. I think the event encourages young readers and writers. I was very lucky to be there and if I get the chance, would love to go again.

Anya, Prep 6


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