On Friday, the Sussex Coast School Amazing Book Awards were held. This is an event where all the secondary schools in Sussex get to vote on their favourite YA novel. Last year, I managed to attend. Unfortunately this year I couldn't make it. However Amanda Phelan, the Learning Resources Manager at Worthing High, has kindly allowed me to post her summary of the event along with the drawings from Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell, so that you can see exactly who won. I really think these local awards are important to both the authors and the schools and should be celebrated widely.
I will pass you over to Amanda now.
Well, it was an absolutely fantastic evening on Friday and Chris Riddell definitely stole the show, animating the proceedings as they went along. Some of it was quite hilarious!
All the authors were there and were lovely, students really enjoyed chatting with them at the end. Thank you to those of you that attended, I think it was the best year yet.
Here are the results:
Some of the illustrations Chris did of the characters in the books, the authors were delighted!
Zoe from Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
Danny from Now You See Me by Emma Haughton
Mercury from Half Bad by Sally Green
Nathan from Cruel Summer by James Dawson
Elsa from Nowhere by Jon Robinson
What do you think of these awesome illustrations? I really think Chris Riddell was a superb choice for Children's Laureate!
Thanks Amanda for allowing us to share these! Some brilliant books shortlisted. Congratulations to James Dawson for winning two years in a row!
So if you haven't read the shortlisted books, I highly recommend them.
To find out more about the Sussex Amazing Book Awards, follow them on Twitter at @SussexABA.