Tower Hamlets Book Award 2017

And the books are…

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Cotterill, Jo A library of lemons Calypso has shut herself away in books and stories since her mother’s death. So has her father who has been growing ever more distant and needing more care than Calypso can give. When she discovers the sad secret hidden in his library, she knows that there is something wrong. Perhaps her new friend, Mae, and her family hold the key to fixing both their lives.
Hargrave, Kiran Millwood The girl of ink & stars The world beyond Isabella’s island is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Setting off to find her friend, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.
Leonard, M G Beetle boy Darkus Cuttle can’t believe that his father is the sort of man to just ‘disappear’. He also can’t believe it when a giant beetle seems to want to communicate with him – how can a boy be friends with a beetle? And can the beetle help him find his father?
Rundell, Katherine The wolf wilder Wolf pups can fetch a thousand roubles and are said to bring luck to a household, but they can never be truly tamed. Feodora is a wolf wilder, who takes wolves when they outgrow their household and teaches them to be as strong and as wild as the country where they were born.
Roy, Nilanjana The Wildings Prowling, hunting and fighting amidst the crumbling ruins of one of Delhi’s oldest neighbourhoods, are the proud Wildings. These feral cats fear no one, go where they want and do as they please – but change is in the air…
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Reeve, Philip Rail head The Network Empire. A star-spanning web of rails traversed by sentient trains, ruled by rival families. Just the place for a lowlife thief like Zen Starling to meet his destiny…

Your FREE set of the shortlist courtesy of Canary Wharf Group have now arrived at your schools (addressed to the school librarian or literacy coordinator).

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If your school is following the award, please email jacob.turner@towerhamlets.gov.uk so that we can keep in touch with you about the award and any extras on offer. If you want to attend the finale, please fill in the form below.

Competition time!

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Grand Finale

Canary Wharf Group have very kindly allowed us to invade the East Wintergarden again this year! As usual, the finale will be a celebration of the award with performances by pupils (max 8 groups), quizzes and of course, the voting for the best book!

Friday 24th November | 43 Bank Street, London E14 5NX, |12.30pm to 3pm

Confirmed guests this year:

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Philip Reeve

Author of the Railhead series, the Mortal Engines series (to be released in December 2018 as a film by Peter Jackson), the Goblins series (shortlisted for the 2013 Tower Hamlets Book Award), and Oliver and the Seawigs and Pugs of the Frozen North (with Sarah McIntyre).

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Jo Cotterill

Author of A Library of Lemons, a Storm of Strawberries, the Electrigirl series (longlisted for the book award this year)  and Looking at the Stars.

 

 

 

Please use this form to book your place at the Tower Hamlets Book Award Finale.

Please note that all 8 slots for the presentation competition have been reserved. You may still register for the competition, but you will be placed on a reserve list in case a school drops out.

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To ensure that as many schools as possible are able to attend the finale, numbers per group will initially be limited to a maximum of 12 (e.g. 10 pupils and 2 accompanying adults - max numbers may be subject to change).

Schools wishing to enter the presentation competition should let us know which book they intend to champion by Friday 3rd November.

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About the Book Award

“Children need to be enthused to read and if they are, this will become a springboard for their achievements throughout the curriculum.”

(Report of the Inquiry into Overcoming the Barriers to Literacy, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education, 2011)

The award is just one of the exciting events made possible by subscriptions to the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Services, and is a free event for subscribing schools.

The Book Award is for pupils aged 10 to 13. The aim is to encourage children to read, to bring children together to enable debate and discussion about books and to encourage children to share the pleasure of reading.

 Why join in?

Because the award bridges primary and secondary schools, it encourages pupils from different phases to share in reading events and work together.

Schools who have taken part in the award have found it to be highly beneficial in encouraging children to broaden their reading range and develop their literacy – not just in reading but also in speaking and listening, as a core part of any book award is discussion and debate.

The award, and the primary and secondary book lists, encourage pupils to make their own choices about what they read, and to discover new and exciting authors and stories.

Schools have the opportunity to attend the grand finale, meet authors and generally have a great time.

 

David, Joanna, Ross and Sally had the tricky job of choosing the best presentation
The 2016 Award finale at Canary Wharf. Authors David Solomons, Joanna Nadin, Ross Welford and Sally Nicholls had the tricky job of choosing the best school presentation
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