Salford Children's Book Award 2016

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The winner of the 2016 Salford Children's Book Award is.......

A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson

The award ceremony was held at the Lowry on Friday, 11th March 2016.  The host James Campbell was joined by shortlisted authors Kevin Brooks and Jane Hardstaff.  Special guests Charlie Stayt from BBC Breakfast and author Lucy Hawking also made an appearance on stage.

During the ceremony, students from several Salford high schools spoke about why they had enjoyed reading each of the shortlisted books. Kevin and Jane discussed their writing and answered questions from students, and were then on hand to sign books and chat to the 120 students who attended.

Shortlisted authors who couldn't be there on the day sent video messages to the ceremony. Here is Lara's acceptance speech:


Book Award 2016 shortlist

The Ultimate Truth by Kevin Brooks

Travis’s parents have been killed in a car crash.  It looks like an accident, but Travis has his doubts.  He goes to the private investigation agency they ran and begins asking questions about their last case.

As Travis searches for answers, the chilling realisation dawns that maybe he was right all along.

Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen

Ade loves living at the top of a tower block.  But one day, other tower blocks start falling down around him.  Strange, menacing plants begin to appear and no one knows where they came from.

Now their tower isn’t safe any more.  Ade and his mum are trapped and there’s no way out …

The Executioner’s Daughter by Jane Hardstaff

“Basket girl, when you’re dead, who will carry all the heads?”

Moss will never get used to beheadings, no matter what Pa says.  She watches the river as it flows past and longs to escape.

But danger is lurking on the riverbank, and its murky depths hide a secret that could change everything …

A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson

“I’m Dan Hope, and deep inside my head I keep a list of things I want to come true.

I want to be the first eleven-year-old to land on the moon.

I want my dog to stop eating the planets and throwing them up on the carpet.

And finally, the biggest dream of all, I want my dad to love me.”

Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton

“Pull up a chair … if you’re feeling brave enough.”

Jack stands in the dark on the landing of the old house, and looks at his feet …  He has been here for minutes, his hand on the door handle, debating whether or not to go in.

Thirteen chairs, one empty.

Twelve mysterious storytellers, waiting to begin.

Scarlet Ibis by Gill Lewis

Scarlet’s used to looking after her brother, Red.  Every night she tells him his favourite story – about the day they’ll fly far away to the Caroni Swamp in Trinidad, where thousands of birds fill the sky.

But when Scarlet and Red are split up, Scarlet knows she’s got to do whatever it takes to get her brother back …

Please contact Salford Schools' Library Service for more information about the award.