The North East Teen Book Award

IMG_0112Getting and keeping, young people reading.

On Monday evening, eighteen students from King Edwards and the middle schools attended the North East Teen Book Award ceremony at The Centre for Life in Newcastle.  Since October, they’ve been sharing the reading of twenty contenders for the shortlist and helping to whittle this down to just six finalists.

Everyone has been looking forward to meeting the authors of the six shortlisted books and discovering whether their mental images of them match the reality.

The Teen Book Award is aimed at Y10 students. There’s a shortlist of six books which participating students help to choose and at least three months in which to read them, so it’s not too onerous.  The authors may be household names or making their debut but each book is selected to be very different from its rivals.

Not only do students have to read the books, they have to meet regularly to discuss them and summarise their opinions for everyone – including the authors – to read on the NETBA website: http://northeastteenagebookaward.wordpress.com

This is always the highlight of the evening and Monday night was no exception!

Click ‘continue reading’ underneath the gallery for our parent’s thoughts.

Our parents enjoyed themselves too:

“It was excellent – entertaining and inspiring authors and wonderful to see such passion about books.”

“I love coming to the awards ceremony. I enjoy listening to the inspirational talks from the authors and also to the young people’s responses and opinions.”