The shortlist for this year’s Hampshire Book Award was announced yesterday. The criteria is that the book be in paperback, to have been published between August 2013 and July 2014 and be suitable for a year 8 pupil to read.
The thirteen year 8 student judges who will help decide the winner of this award, met with a librarian from the Schools Library Service and were shown the six shortlisted boooks.
The shortlisted books are:
Captain by Sam Angus
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper
The Last Minute by Eleanor Updale
Lockwood & Co by Jonathan Stroud
Thirteen by Tom Hoyle
The judges will have until the end of June to read all six books and meetings will be arranged so that the books can be discussed. At the end of this period all the students will attend a discussion/voting event at where they will discuss the books with pupils from other schools taking part. They will then be asked to vote for their favouite book and the overall winner will be announced.
The books will only be available for the judges to read at the moment but there is a selection of previous winners and shortlisted titles available in the library.