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Leeds Book Awards 2019

Last month, Leeds East Academy students attended the Leeds Book Awards at Leeds Civic Hall. 

Leeds Book Awards started in 2009 and has grown in success over the years. Run jointly between Leeds School Library Service and Leeds Public Libraries the aim is to give young readers their own Book Award, where they have a voice and influence over the books they enjoy reading. Every year pupils suggest titles for consideration and it is the votes of the young people who take part in the Leeds Book Awards that ultimately decide who will win the much-coveted prize.

Since January, Leeds East Academy pupils across Year 7, 8 and 10 have read the six following shortlisted books from the 11 – 14 category. 

Participating pupils have discussed and reviewed the shortlisted books on the Leeds Book Awards website before voting for their personal favourite.

The awards ceremony was held in the grand setting of the Banqueting Suite at Leeds Civic Hall where over 200 students across Leeds gathered to witness the trophy being presented to the winning author Steve Tasane.

Child I is the story of a group of refugee children struggling to survive in a refugee camp. Separated from family and with no documents to prove their identities and origins the children are known only by a letter of the alphabet and not their name.

From the onset, Child I proved to be the most popular choice among LEA pupils so the group were thrilled when their winning author was announced.

When asked what had inspired him to write the story Steve told the group that his ideas came from real-life accounts and the awful plight of people seen on the news in recent times.

Steve said he thought a lot about the small differences that can start as squabbles in the playground at school and can be seen to be echoed to a larger extent across the world between people from different countries and backgrounds at a devastating cost.

Born in Leeds Steve said he was overwhelmed and very proud of winning the award and dedicated it to the memory of his mum.

To find out more about Steve, check out his website https://stevetasane.wordpress.com/ 

Further details of the Leeds Book Awards can be found at www.leedsbookawards.co.uk 

Child I and all of the other shortlisted books are available from the school library.