Kim was presented with the award at the grand finale at Swanlea Secondary School on Friday 27th November.
Kim previously wrote about how impressed she was with pupils’ work based on her book when she visited schools this month
“Smart” is a powerful story of an autistic young boy with a difficult home life trying to discover the mystery behind the death of a homeless man in his neighbourhood. Kim Slater occasionally uses tough language to deal with issues of homelessness, domestic violence and neglect as well as telling an exciting and gripping adventure / detective story.
Present at the finale were four of the shortlisted authors who met pupils and signed books throughout the afternoon – Kim Slater, Sam Gayton, G.R. Gemin, and Polly Ho-yen. The Schools Library Service would like to thank Manjot Bami and all of the staff at Swanlea Secondary School for all of their help and for letting us use their hall, and to Bow Secondary School for loaning us a stage!
St Pauls Primary School won the presentation competition – appropriately based on Smart. Blue Gate Fields Juniors were commended on their performance of Lilliput by Sam Gayton.
- Aniqa Ahmed from Marion Richardson School
- Hafsa Uddin from Woolmore School
- Janna Firdaws from Marion Richardson School
- Mahmuda Begum from Lansbury Lawrence School
- Maria Aziz from Old Palace School
- Yasmeen Ayesha Raynor from Old Palace School