3 December 2021

Each year Lancashire Libraries host a Children's and Young Adult (YA) book competition where secondary students from selected schools get to judge their way through a long list of books to select one winning author for the year. The fact that children are the judges in this book competition makes it an extra-special Children's Book Award for the shortlisted authors and ultimate winner.

Due to Covid, all the events this year were held remotely. Sam, Amber, Charlotte and Rebecca were in Year 9 when this year's competition started back in autumn 2020. Since then, they worked tirelessly through a long list of books and voting rounds with other schools to whittle the list down to the final 10 before the summer. Over the summer, they read their way through the shortlisted titles and cast their votes which saw the dystopian prison drama The Loop, by Scottish author Ben Oliver, as the winner of Lancashire Book of the Year 2021 (#LBOY21). Our students did an excellent job representing the school for the County.

We'd like to thank Lancashire Libraries & UCLAN for the opportunity to take part this year. And look forward to the competition returning to its home at great local libraries, County Hall and ultimately UCLAN for live discussion, debate with other schools and of course meeting the writers.

Mr Bruen. Library

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