Warwickshire Schools Library Service

Year 9 Book Award 2017 Winner Announced!

And the winner is.......

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen!



Congratulations to Susin Neilsen with her novel Optimists Die First who has been voted the winner of the Warwickshire Year 9 Book Award 2017!  Optimists Die First is a fantastic story that inspires hope and shows that facing our anxieties and fears can have positive outcomes. 

Susin very kindly sent us a video when we told her the good news!  Watch the video here

This year we piloted a Longlist Speed Dating event here at Warwickshire SLS where we asked students to decide the four books they wanted to make onto the Shortlist for this year's awards.  It was a fantastic event with the students selecting The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr, Ink by Alice Broadway, Optimists Die First by Susin Neilsen and The Yellow Room by Jess Vallance.  Students taking part in the awards process then read the 4 shortlisted books and voted for their favourite. 

The Year 9 Book Award offers an opportunity to introduce a new range of authors and texts to the students and we aim for the students to get a real sense of ownership of the process by selecting the shortlist, offering their opinions and perspectives on the books and then casting the final vote.

During the process we also asked the students to enter three competitions about the nominated books.  Thanks to all those who took part and congratulations to Hope and Sam at The Polesworth School and Grace at Myton School for their winning entries for Competition 1, Charlotte at Exhall Grange School for her alternative ending to Ink for Competition 2, and Cole, Rayn and Sullivan at Exhall Grange School for their video championing The Yellow Room for Competition 3.

 W9BA Speed-daters!

 (Students at the Longlist Speed Dating event from The Polesworth School and Myton School in Warwick)


If you would like more information about the Warwickshire Year 9 Book Award and would be interested in signing up for any of our book award schemes please do get in touch.


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