Thursday, 19 March 2015

Inaugural Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award

I was delighted to be invited to the Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award Ceremony on the 12th of March 2015. Held at the BT Centre in London, I was one of a number of authors who presented finalists with their certificate.  

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With Dawn Finch, Lucy Coates and Teri Terry. 

The award was launched by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, School Libraries Group and the School Library Association. The aim was to showcase the incredible amount of voluntary work that is done by pupils regularly, who are reliable and committed, and who love reading and want to pass it onto others. There were sixty nominations from across the UK out of which seven finalists were chosen. The judging panel included Barbara Band, Sue Bastone, Annie Everall, Dawn Finch and Susan Staniforth. Five committed women I know who do amazing work for YA readership and libraries.

I presented on the day to Megan Gardner from King James’ School in Yorkshire. 
Megan said, 'I love books and I love people - bringing them together is my idea of utopia'.
What more can a school library expect!

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The other finalists:
  1. Morgan Boswell from Wilsthorpe Community School
  2. Olivia Bowes from Antrim Grammar School, County Antrim                            
  3. Francesca Hannay from Derby High School, Derbyshire
  4. Jessica Ince from Heritage High School
  5. James Kearney from The Kings’ School, Lincolnshire

The winner on the day was Abbie Craske from Alysham High School, Norfolk.
Here she is with Charlie Higson who presented her award.

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Finalists and authors including Tim Collins, Jeff Norton, Lucy Coates, Charlie Higson, Teri Terry, Caroline Lawrence and others.

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UKYA Easter Egg Hunt

Hello and welcome to the UKYA Easter Egg Hunt!

To those of you new to my blog, I am the author of Secrets of the Henna Girl, a YA novel published by Puffin. Here are some pictures of me on author visits with school pupils around the UK. 

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I’m delighted to be taking part in the UKYA Easter Egg Hunt.
As you know by now, one very lucky winner will win a huge grand prize of signed books by over thirty YA authors who write and live in the UK.

So read this blog, count up how many UKYA branded Easter eggs you see in the blog, and follow the link at the end to the next blog. Keep going until you get back to the blog where you started, and add up how many eggs you’ve seen along the way.

Email your answer to: A winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries, and contacted by email.

This closes at noon (UK time) on Sunday, 5th April, and is open internationally. 

So get finding those eggs! And some awesome UKYA authors and books along the way.

Good luck!

Here is the next blog you need to go to: