Hounslow launches ‘Teen Read Award’

Hounslow Library Service has launched its Teen Read Award, which challenges secondary school students to read, rate and debate six shortlisted books over the winter period.

Published: Tuesday, 8th December 2020

Cllr Samia Chaudhary

Award winning author, Steve Cole, officially launched the award by filming a special video recording for the school reading groups to watch. In the message he shares why he first became an author, his most popular series The Young Bond Series and the importance of reading and writing for pleasure.

Every reader who takes part, will be encouraged to read all six books on the shortlist and critique them with their peers and librarians. The Hounslow School Library Service staff will also be on-hand to provide schools with discussion topics and questions for each of the books to spark discussions, and depending on restrictions, will help facilitate and answer questions.

The students will be asked to choose their favourite book and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in April 2021. At the event, there will be a special guest appearance from an author, who talk about their books, writing process and the importance of reading for pleasure.

The books have been carefully selected by Hounslow School Library staff who shortlisted six books from a comprehensive list of 30.

They cover a wide range of topics including history, relationships, culture and friendships and are suitable for secondary school students aged 13 – 15. A recorded reading of each of the shortlisted books has been created for schools to share with their students to motivate them to get involved.

The books on the shortlist are:

  • The Last Paper Crane by Kerry Drewery
  • Chinglish by Sue Cheung
  • That Asian Kid by Savita Kalhan
  • The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliot
  • Burn by Patrick Ness
  • Gloves Off by Louisa Reid

Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, said: “I’m delighted that the Hounslow School Library Service is running the Teen Read Award this year. It’s an excellent initiative.   

“Reading for pleasure is something that is proven to benefit and develop children in so many ways. It enables them to explore their imaginations, be creative and build on their vocabulary.

“It also gives them skills they need to be successful in school, at work and in life.

“I look forward to hearing the views of the students on the six shortlisted books and the announcement of the winner in April 2021.”

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