Never Ending misses out
Well, Never Ending has missed out on winning the 2015 Essex Book Award but I’d like to offer my congratulations to Marcus Sedgwick, whose excellent novel, She is not Invisible, claimed the prize. The award event in Chelmsford last week was great fun, with around 200 students, teachers and library staff from across Essex cramming into the main hall at The Boswells School.
I shared the stage with one of the other shortlisted authors – the wonderful Geraldine McCaughrean – for a talk and question-and-answer session and we also handed out prizes to the students who’d written the best reviews of the six books in contention. (Well done Finlay Jordan, of Davenant Foundation School, in Loughton, for scooping a prize for the best review of Never Ending!) There was also a brilliant dance performance by students from Boswells and a VERY busy and enjoyable book-signing and photo session. Hats off to everyone at Essex County Council’s School Library Service for organising such a good event – indeed, such a good award.
The six shortlisted books were:
Never Ending – Martyn Bedford
I Predict a Riot – Catherine Bruton
Bone Jack – Sara Crowe
The Bubble Wrap Boy – Phil Earle
The Middle of Nowhere – Geraldine McCaughrean
She is not Invisible – Marcus Sedgwick