Thursday, November 27, 2008

Book Award 2009....

I know this blog hasn't been updated for a long time, but now that reading for the 2009 Book Award is well underway, it seems like a good time!
The awards ceremony for the 2008 book award took place on 21st June at the Festival Hall in Bolton. Terry Caffrey acted as compere for the event. The suspense was finally brought to an end when Derek Landy was announced as the winner for his novel "Skulduggery Pleasant".

It's my first time on a book award panel, so it's quite an exciting time for me - i'm reading more children's books than I've ever read in one go, and trying to cram in as many as i can. I've already read a few which seem like great contendors and have been really caught up in some of the stories. The shortlist will be announced on Wednesday 28th January - I know that seems like a long time away now, but the weeks are just flying by and i'm sure the festive season will be gone before we know it! Keep checking back here for the latest updates on the award.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Only Just Over 6 Weeks to Voting...

There's just over six weeks to go before all the votes have to be submitted and counted... I suspect its going to be quite an exciting count this year as all the books seem really popular and I haven't spoken to two people yet who agree on the winner so I think it's going to be a close run thing..!!

I always wonder when I write this blog if a) anyone actually reads it and b) whether the authors read it to see what we're saying about them. I'd love to know!! I know if I was one of the authors I'd have to have a look to see what people were saying about my book!! What do you all think of the individual titles (just in case the authors are reading the blog - it would be nice for them to read your comments about their books)??!! You've had plenty of time to get stuck into the reading so am sure people have something to say about them and we're looking for quotes to put in our booklet so if you do have something to say and we like it - you might find your words are put into print for the Bolton Children's Book Award 2008 Booklet which will be given out at the Awards Ceremony!!

By the way - we are have had a few techincal difficulties recently which is why there was a MASSIVE delay before some comments appeared. Think we've got it sorted now so comments should appear much more quickly, so please do send some more!!

Friday, January 25, 2008

The 2008 Shortlist is Announced...

On Wednesday 23rd January many schools attended the exciting announcement of the 2008 Bolton Children's Book Award shortlist at the University of Bolton...

In case, like me, you couldn't make it - the shortlist is as follows...

Titanic 2020 by Colin Bateman
The Geek, The Greek and The Pimpernel by Will Gatti
The Cat Kin by Nick Green
The Black Book of Secrets by F.E. Higgins
Deeper than Blue by Jill Huckles
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine
Wild Magic by Cat Weatherill

So you all now know the books on the list - any surprises??

For the first time I wasn't involved in the shortlisting meeting so the list was as much of a surprise to me as everyone else but I think it's a great choice of books and I think it's going to be a very close run thing this year - I haven't got a clue which one is going to win....

As you know, we really like getting your comments on the shortlist on this blog - from now on, the only ones who can decide the winner is YOU!!! Your comments might influence how people vote, so if you've got a favourite get your comments on here now - you never know, your comment could persuade others to vote for your favourite as the winner!!

Hope to hear from you all soon!!!