As part of St Helens Schools Library Service’s BASH (Book Awards St Helens) - an annual reading for pleasure scheme where children and young people are encouraged to read the latest, modern and enticing fiction written specially for them, over the last few months our students have been busy taking part in library workshops to agree on which book should be crowned number one from a short-list of nominations in the 11+ category.
Special guest for the 11+ event was Manchester author Martin Griffin who delivered a masterclass in how to start to write your own story – as well as some very clever tips and tricks.
Martin - who specialises in sci-fi and fantasy adventures for young readers -declared ‘EverNight’ by Ross Mackenzie as the winner.
Congratulating students for their efforts this year, Councillor Sue Murphy, Mayor of St Helens Borough, said: “It’s wonderful to see so many young people from the borough get involved in BASH to share their valued opinions on books, and I’d like to thank them for their important input.
"Reading is such a wonderful gift which has the ability to spark creativity and broaden learning and St Helens Library Service is committed through a number of initiatives like this to ensure young people have the opportunity to keep on reading.”