Kernow Youth Book Award 2016

Last week, the winner of this year’s Kernow Youth Book Award was announced at the annual Award Ceremony, which this year was held at The Eden Project.

Penrice Academy Librarian, Mrs Stark, explains: “The idea of holding Cornwall’s own book award started nine years ago with a small group of enthusiastic School Librarians. The aim was to promote and encourage reading, giving young Cornish people (aged 11-14) the chance to feel involved in an award that was locally based.  Over the years it has gone from strength to strength and yesterday culminated in what was a brilliant Award Ceremony – with five out of the six authors in attendance!”

“Reading groups have been running within the Academy for several years now and research shows they have great benefits in improving students’ literacy and fostering a real enthusiasm for reading for pleasure.”

“Volunteer judges select the order of a shortlist of books and these votes are tallied to give a county order, which are announced at the ceremony.”

“This year each author gave an entertaining talk and engaged in a question and answer session with the students. This year’s titles were particularly thought-provoking and challenging and I have no doubt that this event will continue to fuel our students’ passion for reading.”

The shortlisted books:

·         7 Days (Eve Ainsworth)

·         Say Her Name (Juno Dawson – Winner)

·         Mind Blind with Lari Don

·         Hate (Alan Gibbons)

·         Read Me Like A Book (Liz Kessler)

·         Web of Darkness (Bali Rai)

Pictured: Penrice Academy’s Jessie, Lia and Taylor, who were involved in the Awards

Read about last year’s awards here.