first Teen Book Award

Thursday March 14, 2019

Concord College and Shropshire Schools’ Library Service have partnered to launch the first Shropshire Teenage Book Award. State secondary and independent schools throughout Shropshire are being invited to take part in ‘Teen Book’ with pupils in years 8-10 voting for their favourite title from a shortlist of six on a broad theme of ‘empathy and social well-being.’ All shortlisted authors have been invited to the award ceremony at Concord on May 22. Three of them, Sita Brachmachari, Elizabeth Laird and Beverley Naidoo, have already accepted an invitation to attend. The other shortlisted authors who are unable to attend in person will be sending video messages which will be played at the award ceremony. The Mayor of Shrewsbury will also be in attendance. Said Mrs Pam Parish, Assistant Librarian at Concord College: “The intention is that the fiction and non-fiction titles should allow for all levels of emotional maturity and reading ability. “The idea is that pupils aged between 12 and 15 read the shortlisted titles most appropriate to their age range and vote for their preferred title. “Votes will be collated from schools across the county to find the winning book.” Said Mrs Donna Taylor, Shropshire Council’s School Library Service Manager: “The rationale is that the value of reading for pleasure, to help mental wellbeing and the development of empathy, is now well documented. “We are confident the award will encourage reading for pleasure and well-being, build reading confidence in terms of vocabulary and grammar and encourage empathy through engaging stories. “This award reflects the power of a good story and the way in which we can become immersed in the lives of others, whether fictional characters or our own friends and family.” Schools wishing to take part can email The shortlisted titles are as follows: Sita Brahmachari: Red Leaves Matt Haig: Notes on a Nervous Planet Elizabeth Laird: Welcome to Nowhere Gill Lewis: Scarlet Ibis Nicola Morgan: Positively Teenage Michael Morpurgo: Private Peaceful Beverley Naidoo: The Other Side of Truth Jenny Valentine: Finding Violet Park A group of Concord students are pictured above discussing the shortlisted titles in the college library. Pictured below are shortlisted authors Elizabeth Laird (left) and Sita Brahmachari (right).