BOOKWORMS are always eager to get their hands on a new read and city youngsters got their mitts on eight books from the Carnegie Prize shortlist this month.
Students at Stantonbury Campus, Lord Grey and Shenley Brook End schools have got together to make the most of the books on offer in the annual award for the best children’s book of the year.
They have been thumbing through the top books – by authors including Ruta Sepetys, Annabel Pitcher, Patrick Ness and Andy Mulligan – which range from tales of a secret buried in a pile of trash to dealing with the death of a sibling.
The award is shadowed nationally, with schools linking together in order to discuss the books on a wider scale and come up with their own results.
Named after Andrew Carnegie, who used his wealth to establish free libraries for all, the Carnegie Prize is a hotly contested award for the best children’s authors.
It is also a great opportunity to promote reading and encourage students to read books from different genres.
Deputy Mayor Brian White visited Stantonbury Campus School to read out the results – both those decided by the schools and the official winner.
His announcement took place as the official 2012 winners were announced at The Barbican London.
The official Carnegie Medal went to Patrick Ness for his novel ‘A Monster Calls’.
Back in the new city, Mr White then handed out certificates and book tokens to all the students who participated.