Monday, June 29, 2009

And the Winner is...

..Sally Nicholls for Ways to Live Forever!!! Many, many congratulations to you Sally!!!

The Awards Ceremony on Saturday was fantastic, there were some really emotional moments when the young people from the schools spoke so passionately about the books they had enjoyed.

There were also some real comedy moments - particularly from the "Pharoah" and "Serpent God" from Thornleigh!! A MASSIVE thank you to all of you who took part in the ceremony - I saw how nervous you all were just before going on stage but you were all absolutely brilliant and the ceremony simply wouldn't be the same without you.

Chris Bradford has already been in touch to say:
"Young Samurai may not have won, but I certainly wasn’t too downhearted by the result!
The reason being was the girl who introduced me and talked about my book was so eloquent, professional and wrote the most amazing review for me: ‘excitement, fear and adventure are blended perfectly to bring you a concoction of a good read...and makes a truly individual book in this year’s book awards.’ I couldn’t have asked for more. It was also a pleasure to meet all the dedicated young samurai fans... "

We're certainly very grateful to the authors for giving up their time to be with us and we hope that they enjoyed their time with us as much as we enjoyed having them here!!! Certainly some of the comments I received from the authors after the ceremony suggested that they were very impressed with the ceremony and the incredible enthusiasm from the young people of Bolton. And the photo also suggests that they thoroughly enjoyed the experience!!!

It would also be fantastic, if the enthusiasm from Saturday could flow for a little longer by helping us with the shortlist for next year as it's a tough job trying to find a shortlist that everyone approves of...!!

There would be no better recommendations than those from the young people for whom the Bolton Book Award is intended - you can post your recommendations on here, or speak to your school librarian who can either pass the recommendation on to me or even give you my email address for you to contact me directly!!! Remember, to be eligible for the Award, the book must be published in paperback for the first time in 2009, it cannot have a previous hardback edition!!