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 2014 and July 2015 and be suitable for a year 8 pupil to read.
The twelve 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:
Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan
The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
Devil You Know by Cathy MacPhail
Looking at the Stars by Jo Cotterill
Smart by Kim Slater
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 on 29th June 2016 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.