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!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The final countdown...

It's hard to believe that the Book Award final is only just over two months away! Since we announced the shortlist in January, the time has really flown by. If you're still reading away, it's time to get your skates on because you need to hand in your votes at school by the 18th May

The Book Award featured in an article in March's edition of Bolton Scene, and seven children from local schools profiled each of the shortlisted books. Click this link to go to the Scene, then scroll down to page 19 to see the article.

Let us know on the blog what you think of the contendors, love 'em or hate 'em, we want to hear your views...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Book Award Shortlist Announced Today!!!

The Bolton Book Award Shortlist was announced yesterday morning to over 100 pupils and teachers from local schools, in a ceremony at the University of Bolton. Those who were there were introduced to each of the seven shortlisted titles by members of the working group, took part in book quizzes and generally had a lot of fun getting enthused about this years titles!

The now-not-so-secret-seven shortlisted titles are as follows...

Alec Devlin: The Eye of the Serpent by Philip Caveney

EGYPT 1923. Fifteen-year-old Alec Devlin is on his way to the Valley of the Kings to spend the summer holidays working on his Uncle Will's archeological dig. It's not the first time he's spent his summer this way . . . but this year things are different

Uncle Will and his young assistant, Tom, have recently made an amazing discovery - an ancient tomb hidden deep below the earth. But only hours after opening it's doors, Uncle Will falls mysteriously ill and Tom seems to have disappeared without trace,

Alec sets about unravelling the tomb's mysteries - seemingly harmless animals have turned into rabid killers, long dead mummies are rising from their tombs, the spirit of a powerful High Priest is claiming people as living hosts . . .and Alec must confront a terror that has waited three thousand years to be reborn.

Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls

"My name is Sam. I am eleven years old. I collect stories and fantastic facts. By the time you read this, I will probably be dead. "

Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he has leukaemia he wants to know the facts about dying. Sam needs answers to the questions nobody will answer.

Crash by J A Henderson

A day out with his dad Gordon turns into a nightmare for Bobby Berlin when something shocking happens that leaves Dad thinking it's 1977 and he's really 14. The only people Bobby can turn to for help are his best friend Mary and her gypsy grandmother. The problem is, they don't have a clue what to do either.

Gordon is irrationally convinced that if he can just get to Dundee, everything will be OK - but he couldn't be more wrong. The east coast of Scotland is about to be hit by a tsunami. As the population flees, Gordon journeys towards the heart of danger, followed by Bobby and Mary, hell-bent on trying to stop him...

A Beautiful Place for a Murder by Berlie Doherty

"It was the first time my mum had left me on my own. Five days of glorious freedom stretched in front of me. “Enjoy yourself,” I shouted, waving her off. “Don’t worry about me. I’ll be fine!” I danced back into the house, whooping with delight. And half an hour after she’d gone, I was plunged into the worst experience of my life."

Shaun Parker is a suspect in a murder at a lonely cottage near his house – only Caroline, his girlfriend, believes in his innocence. Can they find the real murderer before the police charge Shaun?

Lee Raven Boy Thief by Zizou Corder

Lee Raven, boy thief, has stolen something he really didn't mean to. Now he faces a perilous flight through London (and the murky sewers below) as he tries to escape capture ; because Lee has stolen the Book of Nebo, a book that has existed for thousands of years and tells every story and legend known to man. It's priceless. Some will even kill to possess it.

The pressure mounts and the future of Nebo is in Lee's hands; can he prevent the most dangerous ending of them all?

Zal, Zara and the Great Race of Azamed by Kit Downes

It's time for the Great Race of Azamed - the most exciting magic carpet race in the world. Zal and Zara believe that only an enchanted rainbow carpetcould possibly win the prize, but perhaps such a thing is just the stuff of stories...

The race is on for the pair to discover the secret behind the legend and weave the winning carpet, but will their enemy Haragan beat them to their dream?

Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior by Chris Bradford

August 1611. Jack Fletcher is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan – his beloved father and the crew lie slaughtered by ninja pirates. Rescued by the legendary sword master Masamoto Takeshi, Jack's only hope is to become a samurai warrior. And so his training begins.

But life at the samurai school is a constant fight for survival. Even with his friend Akiko by his side, Jack is singled out by bullies and treated as an outcast. With courage in his heart and his sword held high, can Jack prove himself and face his deadliest rival yet?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

One day and counting...

I'm really excited about the shortlist launch tomorrow. We're going to be talking to over 100 teachers and pupils from over 20 different local schools, introducing them to each of the 7 shortlisted books, doing a quiz and generally having fun and getting everyone really excited and enthused about the process. The book i'm introducing is the one that's really captured my attention - although all of them are such strong contendors that it's hard to predict how things will turn out. However, that's a long way off yet.........!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Only a week until the shortlist is announced......

A week today all of Bolton will know which books have been shortlisted for the Bolton Children's Book Award! Until then, of course, my lips are sealed and i'm unable to give any sneak previews - but i can say that it is an extremely strong shortlist. Watch this space as the full shortlist will be posted here on Wednesday 28th January. And then you can get reading and voting....