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Year 8 Portchester Book Award 2019 - Voting Takes Place


Well done Sophie, Camilla, Skye, Reuben, Milly, Emily, Billy, Alina, Callum, Ian and Mark

This year our group of year 8 students taking part in the Portchester Book Award were very enthusiastic. They carefully evaluated 4 new books we have in the library:- 

Star by Star by Sheena Wilkinson which is set in 1918 is about suffragettes, courage and survival 

A Good Day for Climbing Trees by Jaco Jacobs is about fighting to save a tree. 

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes. A 12 year old boy is shot dead by police who mistake his toy gun for a real one…. But as a Ghost, Jerome can see all!! 

Boy 87 by Ele Fountain….14 year old Shif is searching for a better life as a refugee. 

The results:- 

In third place …….’A Good Day for Climbing Trees’

In second place……’Boy 87 

AND THE WINNER ………………………….’Ghost Boys’.

The general opinion for this book to win was that it was an easy book to understand, even though it was written in a way that it was 2 stories woven into one.

Year 10 Portchester Book Award - Voting Takes Place


Well, what can I say…..except ‘Well Done’ to all the Year 10 students who took part this year. 

Isabella, Leon, Jessica, Niamh, Alfie, Jasmine, Lauren and Thomas read books from a selection of authors. This year the authors were:-

Jodi Picoult, Andy McNab, Robert Muchamore, Sue Limb, Harlan Coben and Louise Rennison. 

In joint 3rd place the students voted for Harlan Coben and Robert Muchamore, but the winner was Jodi Picoult. Jodi is an American writer who wrote her first book when she was just 5 years old. In 2003 she was awarded the ‘New England Bookseller Award.’