Ten students in KS3 attended the Essex Book Awards ceremony held at Danbury Outdoors yesterday to hear the announcement of the overall winner out of six shortlisted books by the Essex School Library Service.
[Picture shows author Stewart Foster]
Since the autumn term students in Year 7 & Year 8 have been reading the short list independently and meeting weekly for literacy and cross curricular activities including: contributing to a regional book review blog and a book trailer. The trailer was entered into a competition and judged by British Film Institute charity, Into Film - sadly no prizes for Heron this time.
Attendees from a selection of the 33 participating schools were given motivational advice from the authors who spoke about the importance of: reading and writing from infancy; children and young people seeking help from fiction about real life challenges and experiences; and using children's fiction to raise awareness on social and political issues.