Southern School Book Awards
Report by Octavia Marshall, from year 8.
"On Friday evening, we had the amazing opportunity of attending the Southern School Book Award Presentation at Rodean School in Brighton. We had to read five books aimed at year 9s and we got to vote on which book should win the Southern Schools Book Award. Lisa Heathfield won with her book Paper Butterflies. Juno Dawson got highly commended with Margot and Me. After the authors had talked and read a section from their books, the winner was announced and one student from each school was asked to come on the stage to collect the book tokens. We then went to back stage to buy our books and then we had the opportunity to get them signed by Holly Bourne, presenter and winner of the SSBA last year, Chris Riddel, who did drawing throughout the presentation and the shortlisted authors (except from the author of the Hypnotist as he couldn't come). The authors were:
Juno Dawson (Margot and Me)
Lisa Heathfield (Paper Butterflies)
Tamsyn Murray (Instructions for a Second- Hand Heart)
Alan Gibbons (The Trap)