Hampshire Book Award Judging Panel Chooses Top Book!
The culmination of an intense period of reading ended in a joyous celebration of books for our Hampshire Book Award Judging Panel. Nine Y8 students travelled to The Costello School in Basingstoke, who were hosting one of the Hampshire county-wide events to debate and discuss the six, exciting, shortlisted books with their peers from other schools across the area.
Run by Hampshire School Library Service, the students read all six titles and met weekly in Jog School Library to discuss them (over essential plates of biscuits). Ms Clarkson and Mrs Chester read the books along with the students and everyone had their favourites and strong opinions! Judging evaluation guidelines were based around the three Es: Enjoyment, Enrichment and Engagement. The books were Cardboard Cowboys, by Brian Conaghan, Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes, Giften by Leyla Suzan, Ground Zero by Alan Gratz, Tsunami Girl by Julian Sedgewick and Chie Kutsuwada and Don’t Doubt the Rainbow by Anthony Kessel.
With everyone voting on the day, anticipation was high – and Ground Zero, a vivid dual narrative about the events of 9/11 experienced by a young boy in the North Tower and a young girl in a village in Afghanistan, 20 years later, won. Ella Maidment, Y8 said ‘it was really enjoyable meeting other readers from other schools – and the whole experience of reading books you might not normally go for was eye-opening! We’re looking forward to encouraging and supporting next year’s Y8s when they come to do this. They’re keen to follow in our footsteps and be judges too. Authors are writing what we want to read, but it really puts the power in the readers hands!’
Photo – Some of the Judging Panel – Holly, Lottie, Ella, Bella and Samantha