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North East Teenage Book Award birthday

One of the most successful book awards for young people has just celebrated its 20th birthday.

The North East Teenage Book Award was launched by inspirational librarian Eileen Armstrong with the aim of promoting good contemporary literature for teens, and has always been judged by young people, rather than adults. Almost 4,000 young people have helped to judge the Award, and it has proved so successful that a sister award for younger readers was launched 14 years ago.

The Teenage Award was won this year by Paula Rawsthorne for her novel Shell, and Eileen Armstrong was also presented with a “Thank You” for the huge amount of work she has put into directing both awards over the last 20 years. (Eileen pictured with Storyteller/Trainer Alec Williams getting in on the action)

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