Leeds Book Awards 2017

Leeds Book Awards started in 2009 and has evolved into a successful city wide initiative, run jointly between Leeds School Library Service and Leeds Public Libraries.
As a child friendly city, Leeds Libraries wanted to give children and young people their own Book Award, where they could have a voice and influence over the books they enjoy reading. The Award is now a fantastic opportunity for pupils aged 9-16 to take part and vote for the books published in the last year.
On Thursday 18th May some of our students were invited to the 2017 Leeds Book Awards ceremony at Pudsey Civic Centre, to see which of the six shortlisted books had won. The students had all read the shortlisted books and submitted their own votes, so were very excited to find out what the results would be. 
After a panel from all the authors, the winners were announced; Tamsyn Murray's 'Instructions for a second-hand heart' won the 11-14 category, and L.A Weatherly's 'Broken Sky' won the 14-16 category. 
After the ceremony, the students got to spend time with all the shortlisted authors; asking lots of questions and getting their books signed. It was a great event and showed just how great engaging in literature can be.
Well done to all the authors shortlisted, and thank you to Leeds School Library Service and Leeds Public Libraries for putting on such a great event. 
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