On Tuesday 6 March, Hounslow Arts Centre played host to the Hounslow’s ‘Teen Read 2018’ awards.
Published: Monday, 12th March 2018
On Tuesday 6 March, Hounslow Arts Centre played host to the Hounslow’s ‘Teen Read 2018’ awards. The annual competition is organised by the Hounslow School Library Service and is a popular event targeted at teenagers in the borough’s secondary schools.
Year 8 and 9 pupils from across the borough gathered to hear the result and to meet last year’s winner, Richard Kurti, who’s book Maladapted scooped 1st place. The author spoke extensively about his work as a successful screenwriter and novelist before announcing this year’s winners:
- 1st place – After the Fire by Will Hill
- 2nd place – Contagion by Terry Teri
- 3rd place – We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan.
A shortlist of six books was selected by the School Library Service from an initial list of 22 contenders. To be considered, each book had to be stand alone or be first in a series and published within the past year. The aim of the shortlist is to introduce the students to a variety of authors and genres and to promote reading for pleasure.
After the launch the students then had until March to read and discuss the books before voting for their favourite. The School Library service visited the reading groups at their schools to discuss the shortlist, and help keep the students engaged. This also helps the library service to gauge how popular the books are.
Of the final six books shortlisted, each one was placed either first or second by a school in the borough and all were loved by someone.
Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Green Policy and Leisure at Hounslow Council said:
“I would like to congratulate Hounslow’s School Library Service for another great Teen Read campaign this year. The standard of the books, as ever, was very high and it’s lovely to see how passionate the young people of the borough are about reading. Anything which helps to promote reading for pleasure is tremendously positive for enjoyment as well as literacy skills. We may even have some budding young authors amongst the many young people who have participated in Teen Read this year!”