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...

27 comments:

Chris Bradford said...

The last week of voting already!

I might have to come up to Bolton early and use my samurai sword to encourage you all to vote!

Really looking forward to seeing everyone in June (thanks for the comments!).

Got some great news for you in the meantime - we've recently signed a Film & TV deal for Young Samurai, so if the books continue to be a success you may see Young Samurai on TV or the BIG SCREEN! How cool would that be?

Sayonara

Chris

Anonymous said...

Lee Raven - Boy Theif;

I thought it was a very interesting and mysterious book that keeps you gripped until the very end. I could really connect with the characters and would like to read it again or a book by the same author.

Anonymous said...

All of these books are for a young audience/children, maybe the authors should consider writing for an older audience.

However, of all the books 'How to live forever' is a very heartwarming and emotional story. If i was voting. I would vote for this book.

Anonymous said...

Reading the Bolton books has been good because you get to read a different range of books to what you might normally read and it is quite interesting to see which books came out top in our class and then see which books come out top when the final results are announced.

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I found all of the bolton bok awards imense.


Thanks for 7 mind blowing reads!

Megan Hilton x

Anonymous said...

I love Ways to Live forever!
It is emotional and funny at the same time and is a brilliant piece of writing.
It makes you feel better about yourself at the end.
Just Amazing!
WOW!

Anonymous said...

i think that this book could use better story plots and a better use of characters and it is also made for a younger audience and shouldn't be targeted at our year :D keep writing (zal and zarah and the great race of azamhed)

Jenni and Emma (: said...

Ways To Live Forever
By Sally Nichols
We thought that this book was extremely interesting and at some parts a bit funny. The book was filled with emotion and humour, and got you interested from the start. During the book, you get to know the characters really well, especially Sam, who is the main character. The Author, uses powerful adjectives to describe the characters. For example their appearence, and their personality, which made the story a lot more interesting to read. The ending of the book, was really sad and upsetting because, you get really attatched to Sam, as you get to know him better throughout the book. This is our favourite book because it is gripping, and grabs your attention, but it is not too long, so you don't lose interest. The book is easy to read and we would recommend it to everyone, who enjoys reading, as the book is very enjoyable and is suitable from any age!Jenni Eccles and Emma Fox from St. Wilfrid's High School, Blackburn. x

Megan said...

A beautiful place for a murder - Berlie Doherty

I thought this book was amazing! It was full of imaginative vocabulary and it had an extremely exciting plot! I would reccomend this book to anybody who is interested in crime investigation stories or just wants an excellent read!

Anonymous said...

Zal and Zara was good and an interesting story though a little to magical and make believe for older audiences. A good book to get younger age groups into reading. It would make a good film though with cool special effects.

JOSHSTEVENSON said...

Hi my name is Josh...
I am amazed at how much i enjoyed reading 'Ways to live forever', i don't usually read books of that genre and decided to give it a go not expecting much, and i got a big shock when i started reading it,
the book had some great vocabulary in it and a great plot, i felt that it was a great risk using someone with cancer as the main character as it could have gone badly wrong...
But the risk payed off !!!
That would be in my top 5 reads EVER !!
Thanks for a great read!

From Josh
aged 13
St. Wilfrids CE High School, Blackburn

EmandHan said...

Hi, we're pupils at St. Wilfrid's high school in Blackburn. We have been participating in the judging of the Bolton Book Awards. We have found this task fun and interesting to be a part of. In particular, our class liked 'Ways To Live Forever', 'A Beautiful Place For A Murder' and 'Crash'. We hope everyone has enjoyed it as much as we have! Thanks alot, Emily and Hannah X

Guess Who ? ? ? said...

Ways to Live Forever i think that this book was one of the best i have ever read, it was a gripping story which made me want to know what Sam and Felix did on thier bucket list. Although i knew from the start that they were going to die, i still wasn't sad at the end because he got to do everything he wanted to.

lolgasm :L

Anonymous said...

Hello,

My favourite book was suprisingly 'The eye of the serpent' I thought it was a fast paced, exciting book. However 'Ways to live forever' touched me, with the harsh reality in the background of the book.
I tried to read 'The young samurai' and 'Boy Thief' but unfortunatley i didn't feel interested enough to carry on reading it.

Thankyou for some good reads!
Year Nine Student x

Anonymous said...

I haven't read the whole of A beautiful place for a murder but have read the outline at the workshops at Bolton University on Friday 8th May 09 and seems really good with an interesting and gripping start. It seems a bit confusing at the end for young readers but it seems like it will make you want to read it to find out what happens as it isn't a straight forward plotline!

Anonymous said...

boy thief was amazingly unique in the way the author narrated the story. Fabulously intricate and a plot of mystery entwined with intrigue

Anonymous said...

Ways To Live ForeverI think that the book Way To Live Forever was a very interesting read for a number of different reasons. It was vey gripping, graps your attention and i think the the characters were humorous and believeable and this all went towards how good the book was. I think the book was well written and i think the story is very original. I think that the style or writing was very interesting because it was from the viewpoint or a child dieing from cancer. I think that the cover is eye grabbing and intriguing, and the title is catchy and intersting. I think that the characters were well describe and you can get a detailed picture of them in you imagination and makes them believable as the character grow, so all the good points of the book make me glad that i read it and it really makes you feel for the character Sam and Felix.

From anonymous :) x

Amy and Bethany! said...

Hello!

We are Amy and Bethany from St.Wilfrids BLACKBURN!
We thought that 'WAYS TO LIVE FOR EVER' by Sally Nicholls was a real tear-jerker and was a raw cluster of pure emotion!
It is riveting right from the beginning. From start to end it is believable and reall enjoyable all the way thorugh however the ending was particulally emotional!
Overall we feel that this was the best book out of the selection and should definitely become the deserved winner.Love from
Amy and Bethay xxxxxxxx

Mistery Man said...

When i started reading 'Ways To Live Forever' would have been the last thing I would have picked up but when it was recommended to me I thought I would have a go, after the first chapter I was captivated in it's grasps and every word compelled me to read more. This is definately my favourite book.

But I have to complement 'Boy Thief' and 'Young Samarai' these two books take your imaginary to it's boundaries and beyond. You can obviously tell a lot of research went into these books.

I definately recommond all three of these books I have mentioned.

Auf Wiedersehn
Mistery Man

Anonymous said...

hello,
all the books were goood, but I liked ways to live forever and a beautiful place for a murder best,
they were both very interesting and different books !
I started reading some of the books but they weren't quite as good.

thanks for the books

year 9 student

Anonymous said...

hello,
some of the bolton book awards books wer quite good I liked ways to live forever and a beautiful place for a murder best the others didnt interest me that much but they wer still good

thanks for the books
year 9 student

Anonymous said...

Lee Raven,Boy Thief
I think that the book was very engrossing and kept me fascinated throughout the whole time of which i read the book. I think the title was very fitting for the contents inside the book. I think the characters were very interesting and i specifically liked the character Lee Raven which was the main character. I liked him because he was very skillful and cared very much about the book that contained most of history.This book is different from what i normally read as i normally read girly, teen books. I enjoyed it because it was a different genre that contained different events from what i am used to.

From Anon.
x

EmilyyandChloee said...

Hi, we're pupils from St. Wilfrids in Blackburn, we both really enjoyed reading these books!
'Ways To Live Forever' by Sally Nicholls is the best book out of all of them because you can connect with the character because he is ill. It is in a diary form which makes it personal and easy to follow, the lists and questions at the beginning of each chapter give a real insight into the mind of an eleven year old boy with lots of things on his mind.
Our second favourite book out of the seven is 'A Beautiful Place For A Murder' by Berlie Doherty because it is different to what either of us would normally read, it has lots of twists and turns in it and just as you think you have solved it the author throws a spanner in the works. The ending is the best bit as it is a shock when you find out who the murderer is.
We would definitely recommend these two books to anybody, even adults!
Emily & Chloe
:)

Anonymous said...

I think some books were good and others were quite bad. there were a few that I liked like The Young Samurai and The Eye Of The Serpent I also liked Crash a lot as it was quite freaky and it was really good how it all came together at the end was it supposed to be like that?.

I didn't like things like the Zal and Zara book or A Beautiful place For A Murder as they were too boring to read and Zal And Zara was a bit to childish but the book I absoluteley hated was Lee Raven Boy Thief it was just so bad. It was cool how there were different points of view from everyone but it just didn't work in this and the overall story just didn't work at all.

But overall I think my favorite book was Young Samurai

Anonymous said...

Lee Raven,Boy Thief
I think that the book was very engrossing and kept me fascinated throughout the whole time of which i read the book. I think the title was very fitting for the contents inside the book. I think the characters were very interesting and i specifically liked the character Lee Raven which was the main character. I liked him because he was very skillful and cared very much about the book that contained most of history.This book is different from what i normally read as i normally read girly, teen books. I enjoyed it because it was a different genre that contained different events from what i am used to.

From Anon.
x

EmilyyandChloee said...

Hi, we're pupils from St. Wilfrids in Blackburn, we both really enjoyed reading these books!

'Ways To Live Forever' by Sally Nicholls is the best book out of all of them because you can connect with the character because he is ill. It is in a diary form which makes it personal and easy to follow, the lists and questions at the beginning of each chapter give a real insight into the mind of an eleven year old boy with lots of things on his mind.

Our second favourite book out of the seven is 'A Beautiful Place For A Murder' by Berlie Doherty because it is different to what either of us would normally read, it has lots of twists and turns in it and just as you think you have solved it the author throws a spanner in the works. The ending is the best bit as it is a shock when you find out who the murderer is.

We would definitely recommend these two books to anybody, even adults!

Emily & Chloe
:)

Emily And Charlotte. said...

Hello...
We have been reading a few of the bolton book awards, Our favourite was 'Ways to live Forever'
It was a amazing read. And we both thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thankyou!
Emily and Charlotte,
Year nine students!