On Saturday 10 June, a small group of Kesteven & Grantham Girls‘ School students travelled up to London with Mrs Day (School Librarian) and Mrs Sanderson (Chair of the Lincolnshire Children’s Book Group), to attend the Childrens Book Award Ceremony 2017. We had won our place on the trip by reading the shortlisted books and completing artwork or writing reviews on the books.
Each of us thoroughly enjoyed our trip to London to see some of our favourite authors win awards and be presented with beautiful portfolios of work produced by students. We felt very proud to see our work displayed in the portfolios presented to the authors.
Here is a summary of our highlights and memories from the day:
When I first arrived at the station, I was really looking forward to meeting the Year 8 representatives as I felt that it was a good opportunity to get to know them. Also, I was very excited to meet my favourite author, Ali Sparkes, who had written the book Car-Jacked. In my opinion, Car-Jacked is an amazing book, fast paced and full of twists and turns. When I found out that we would all be on the same table as Ali I was extremely happy and excited to meet her in person.
I had a great day on Saturday and loved being part of the group!
I enjoyed being with my friends on the trip and being part of a new experience. When I first arrived at the train station, I was excited as I would be meeting Ali Sparkes. She wrote Car-Jacked and I liked it because it was full of action and enjoyable to read. I was speechless (in a very good way) when I found out that we were on a table with Ali Sparkes and that I could go to London with my friends for the day.
It was a great day and we have all made memories that will stay with us!
I was excited and barely got any sleep the night before and when we were at the train station I was looking forward to seeing everyone. I could not wait for the fun to start. The first author I met was Ali Sparkes….. I was soooooo excited to be seated next to her for the celebration lunch. But my favourite author was (and still is) Sarah Crossan. I have read all her books and was lucky enough to be able to have my photo taken with her. I liked the fact that I could meet all the authors and go to London to be there when the authors first found out who won the prize for each category.
Joshana and I were interviewed on camera by the hosts and organisers of the event for a short video. We were asked questions about the importance of the Children’s Book Award and how books impact young people’s lives. Can you imagine how nervous and excited we were…..?
I am so glad that I got to meet my favourite author and had a great time!
When we set off from Grantham I was most looking forward to getting to talk to my favourite authors. We met Sarah Crossan, Robin Stevens, Kes Gray, Ali Sparkes, Steve Cole and a few more. I was very pleased to hear the book One by Sarah Crossan won her Category, as she was very deserving of it, and we all thought it was a wonderful book that tackled a challenging topic. However, Mistletoe and Murder, by Robin Stevens would have also been a very strong contender. I like the 1900’s setting, and the Agatha Christie style of crime writing. One of the things that stood out for me was Steve Cole’s made up song, from when he was eight; ‘Why Do Aliens Stink’ as it was very funny and showed his progression as a children’s author.
I had lots of laughs, and met some top authors.
Saturday started off with a lot of excitement and ended with many memories made. We were all exhausted at the end of a very full-on and great day. When I first arrived at Grantham Station, I was very surprised to see that all the selected students were given free books. I was even more pleased because I had a book to keep written by Robin Stevens. As you can probably figure out, I am huge fan of Robin Stevens and thoroughly enjoy the books she writes.
When we arrived at the Union Jack Club, I instantly noticed that Robin Stevens was there and went straight to her to get my book signed. It was so amazing to have met my favourite author and be able talk to her in person. I also plucked up the courage to ask if I could take a selfie with her and I did! Sophie and I had the honour of sitting next to Ali Sparkes for the formal lunch……..you can imagine how excited we were!
I will never forget this day and have really enjoyed myself!
Who won what?
We were given the privilege of presenting the prize to the winner of the Younger Children Category. The nominees for the Younger Children’s Category were: Oi Dog! by Kes and Claire Gray Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies, Chicken Nugget by Michelle Robinson and Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger by Helen Stephens.
The Winner was… Oi Dog!
The nominees for the Younger Readers Category were: The Jam Doughnut That Ruined My Life by Mark Lowery, An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo and Accidental Pirates by Claire Fayers.
And the winner was… An Eagle in the Snow (Overall Winner).
Last of all (but not least), the Older Readers Category shortlisted books were: Car-Jacked by Ali Sparkes, Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens and One by Sarah Crossan.
And the winner was… One