Category Archives: Hampshire Book Award

A Very Busy Week in the Library

Wednesday 1st November was a very busy day for Thornden Librarians.

It started with a group of Year 7 students being taken to Hamble College ,to take part in a workshop with the 2Steves, Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore. The experience has been described by the participating students as hilarious and very entertaining. They also have been borrowing the 2Steves books to read.  To see all the pictures from this workshop Click here

At the same time Helen Dennis had arrived at Thornden and was delivering a workshop on Code Breaking to a small group of Year 8 students. This is the theme running through her ‘Secret Breakers’ series of books. The students  really enjoyed cracking codes and the participation involved in the workshop.

After lunch Year 8, plus a Year7 tutor group and a small group of students from The Romsey School assembled, in Thornden Hall for the main event. Helen Dennis had come to talk about her early years, her career and her books. The talk was extremely enjoyable and the students had the opportunity to join her on stage and at the end of the session to ask questions. We welcomed P&G Wells again to sell books for us and the orders are still coming in. Always a good sign that the author visit was a success. Helen made time to talk to the students who had bought her books while they had them signed.

The following day we took the judges for this year’s Hampshire Book Award to Winchester Guildhall to watch Helen Dennis receive her Hampshire Book Award for her book ‘River of Ink – Genesis’. This was a popular winner of the award and everyone agreed that Helen was a very worthy winner. She was very excited to receive her award in Hampshire as this is where she first heard she had a publishing deal.

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Hampshire Book Award 2017 – Winner

The winner of this year’s Hampshire Book Award is ‘River of Ink’ by Helen Dennis. The winner was announced after all the Year 8 student judges met at five different locations in Hampshire.

The runner-up was ‘My Name is Not Friday’ by Jon Walter

All the six shortlisted books are available to borrow from the Library.  Thanks to our   wonderful Year 8 students who took part this.

 

 

 

 

Hampshire Book Award 2017

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 2015 and July 2016 and be suitable for a year 8 pupil to read.

The 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 books.

The shortlisted books are:

The Bubble Boy by Stewart Foster

Island by Nicky Singer

My Name’s Not Friday by Jon Walter

Night Vision by Ella West

Railhead by Philip Reeve

River of Ink: Genesis by Helen Dennis

The judges will have until the beginning of July 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 4th July 2017 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.

Jo Cotterell receives the Hampshire Book Award

 

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On Wednesday 2nd November 11 Year 9 pupils were taken to Winchesters Guildhall to witness Jo Cotterell receive The Hampshire Book Award for her novel ‘Looking at the Stars’. They had been judges during Year 8 and had read six books over a period of three months and then voted for their favourite book.

The topical story about the life in a refugee camp for two sisters, who have to survive in appalling conditions, was voted for by the fifty plus Hampshire schools taking part in this award.

Jo Cotterell delivered an entertaining and humorous talk about her life and how she came to be an author. Emphasising the importance of reading and talking about the role of women in today’s society. She also touched on the refugee crisis today and how throughout history, whenever there is a war, refugees are inevitable.

This is a book for today and it proves that young people take the problems of the world seriously, otherwise it wouldn’t have been voted for.

Jo’s talk was followed by an opportunity to buy one of her books and meet her to have it signed.ss100570

To read Jo’s own thoughts on the day click on the following link

Heavenly Hampshire Book Awards!

 

Hampshire Book Award 2016

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

Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman HBA 2016

 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.

Hampshire Book Award 2015

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

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 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.

Chris Bradford at Winchester Guildhall

Last Wednesday our group of pupil judges went to Winchester Guildhall to see Chris Bradford receive the Hampshire Book Award 2014 for his book ‘Hostage’, the first in his Bodyguard series.  Thornden joined pupils from 40 other Hampshire schools.

Chris started the day by presenting his lively ‘Bodyguard vs Samurai’ show.  He explained that he was a method-writer so had actually done a bodyguard course before writing his book.  He gave us advice on and demonstrated (with some lucky volunteers) how to be a bodyguard.

After this lively and entertaining session, Chris was presented with the award which he said he was very proud to receive and was the highlight of his year.

Pupils were then able to buy copies of his book and get them signed.SS100472

 

Hampshire Book Award 2014

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 2012 and July 2013 and be suitable for a year 8 pupil to read.

The ten 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:

Hostage by Chris Bradford

After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross

Far Rock Away by Charlie Fletcher

Chasing the Dark by Sam Hepburn

A Tangle of Traitors by F. E. Higgins

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

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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 Applemore School 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. 

We have two spaces available if any year 8 pupil would still like to be a judge.