Tower Hamlets Book Award 2018


  1. Vote!
  2. The Books
  3. About the Book Award
  4. Why Join in?
  5. Timeline and guidelines
  6. Register
  7. Competition
  8. Grand Finale

Cast your vote!

***Download your Ballot Paper***

All readers are allowed their own vote.

2 ways to vote!

  1. If you’re bringing a group to the Grand Finale, bring your ballot papers or a tally of votes with you on the day
  2. If you’re not coming to the finale, email a tally of your votes to by 3pm, Tuesday 20th November. Votes emailed after this time may not be counted!

The Books!

Download a PowerPoint for your display : THBAShortlist2018

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Canary Wharf Group have kindly continued to sponsor the book Award by buying a set of books for each school and providing use of the East Wintergarden building as the venue for the grand finale event.

A free set of the shortlist will be sent to subscribing schools in the Autumn term, courtesy of Canary Wharf Group. Additional sets are available to buy at the discounted price of £39. Email

Subscribing schools will also recieve:

  • Book Award posters
  • Book award bookmarks for year 5 and 6 pupils

Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird : Twelve year old Omar is from the beautiful and bustling city of Bosra, Syria. Omar wants to become a successful businessman but soon bombs are falling and Omar and his family have to flee their home and homeland. But where do you go when you can’t go home?

Caleb’s Cab  by Sally and Sylvain Chomet : Escaping from a surreal world where money means more than happiness, Caleb needs to find his father before the evil Money Mongers get to him first. His only hopes – a fake moustache and his dad’s taxi cab.

Mega Robo Rumble : Mega Robo Bros 2 by Neill Cameron : Alex and Freddy are brothers. They’re also robot (not so) secret agents defending East London from rampaging villains!

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk : Crow has always lived on the island, ever since, as a tiny baby, she was found washed up on the shore by gentle Osh. But as she grows older, questions start to arise about who she really is…

Nevermoor : The trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend : Morrigan is due to die on her twelfth birthday, and is less than happy when it turns out that her death is coming a year early. Unless, that is, a different fate is planned for her, involving the Wundrous Society, a giant cat and the phenomenally ginger Jupiter North.

Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin : Ebo is one of thousands of refugees from West Africa, desperately attempting to make the crossing to the refugee camps in Italy. Following his sister and his brother he crosses the Sahara to Tripoli and finally to the merciless crossing over the sea.

The shortlist was be selected from the 2018 Must Read list and the 2018 Teen Booklist

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 annual Tower Hamlets Book 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.

Timeline and guidelines

book award guidelines 2018

  • July : THBA Shortlist announced
  • July : Make sure you’re on our Book Award mailing list so that you’re kept up-to-date about this event. Email
  • August : Pupils can read the shortlist as part of their Summer Reading Challenge (see Idea Stores and public libraries)
  • September : Launch your book award reading groups
  • October : Registration for the THBA Grand Finale opens
    • If you’re taking part in the presentation competition, start planning your performances
  • November : Join us at the grand finale


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Competition time!

Click here for competition details

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!

Wednesday 21st November | 43 Bank Street, London E14 5NX, |12.30pm to 3pm

Booking for the grand finale is now open!

Register using the form below to reserve your space at the finale and (optional) to register your group as wishing to enter the famous Presentation Competition!

Please note : all spaces for the presentation competition have now been filled. You may still register for a reserve slot and will be contacted if a space becomes free.

Click here for Presentation Competition details

Book your group's place at the Book Award Finale

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 (including adults).

All slots for the presentation competition have now been filled. Schools registering to enter the presentation competition will be placed on a reserve list and informed if a space becomes free.

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