Young people choose book award winner

April 04 2017

YOUNG people from Hanham were among those that helped choosed the winner of the 2017 winner Concorde Book Award.

YOUNG  people from Hanham were among those that helped choosed the winner of the 2017 winner Concorde Book Award.

Votes were cast for South Gloucestershire’s literature prize for young people on World Book Day and the winner was announced at a ceremony at the Bristol & Bath Science Park in Lyde Green on March 7.

A civil rights story, Lies We Tell Ourselves, a debut novel by American author Robin Talley beat off competition from five other fiction titles to claim the established annual award, which is known as the young people’s Bo.

Robin was presented with the award by the chairwoman of South Gloucestershire Council Councillor Erica Williams, who said: “The Concorde Book Award is an excellent example of libraries and schools working together to support young people to read more and develop a lifelong habit of reading.”

The Concorde Book Award encourages 11 to 13-year-olds to join a reading group, whether at school or in a library, to read six shortlisted books and talk about them with group members, before voting on their favourite title.

This year’s shortlisted titles were Beetle Boy by M G Leonard; Car-Jacked by Ali Sparkes; House of Secrets by Chris         Columbus; Lies we tell Ourselves by Robin Talley; Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens; and Young Sherlock - Night Break by Andrew Lane.