Congratulations to Chris Westwood on winning the North East Book Award 2011 with Ministry of Pandemonium and to Tom Avery for being shortlisted with Too Much Trouble. Both books published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books.
The North East Book Award is one of the longest running regional book awards. Students from 50 schools in the region judge the awards each year with the winner of the teenage category being announced in January and the junior category in May.
Despite the very wet weather 250 eleven and twelve year olds gathered excitedly in the Centre for Life, Newcastle last night (31 May) with their parents, librarians and teachers to hear the winner of this year’s North East Book Award announced. Since the release of the shortlist in early March students have been enthusiastically reading, discussing, debating and reviewing the relative merits of all 5 shortlisted titles before casting their votes to decide their winner. This year’s award was made to Chris Westwood for Ministry of Pandemonium, a powerfully written supernatural thriller. Barbara Mitchelhill was Highly Commended for her war time story of evacuation, Run Rabbit Run