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North East Teenage Book Award goes Berserk

300 students aged 14-16 from schools across the North East of England read, reviewed and voted for their favourite book from a shortlist of 6 chosen by librarians and last year's NETBA student judges.

The winner of this year's award was announced as Ally Kennen for her book Berserk at a party at the Centre for Life in Newcastle on Friday evening, attended by all 6 shortlisted authors, the students, their librarians, teachers and parents.

As usual with this award it was the students not the authors winning the prizes, with every student earning book vouchers for a reading and reviewing job well done.

A big thank you goes from the organisers to the publishers; Scholastic, OUP, Faber, Hodder and Walker and to Borders for providing the bookshop.

For more information about the award, the other shortlisted books and what the student judges really thought of them see the NETBA website.

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Kate Cann wins Southern Schools Book Award

students holding shortlisted booksOver 300 students from 40 schools in Kent and Sussex aged between 11-14 read, reviewed and voted for their favourite books from a list of 15 titles nominated by publishers.

Students selected and then voted for a shortlist of five books and all five authors were at the Presentation Evening at Roedean School on 18th January 2008 where Kate Cann was announced the winner for her book Leaving Poppy. Also Highly Commended was Charlie Higson for Double or Die.

Now in its fourth year, the organisers say that the Southern Schools Book Award is 'proving to be a highly successful mechanism for bringing together students from across the region to celebrate that pleasurable commodity the book'.

The shortlisted authors and their books are:
Beverley Birch Rift
Charles Butler The Lurkers
Kate Cann Leaving Poppy
Charlie Higson Double or Die
Marcus Sedgwick The Foreshadowing

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Geraldine McCaughrean wins Michael L. Printz Award

Geraldine McCaughreanThe Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults is among those awarded by the American Library Association (ALA). The White Darkness, by English author Geraldine McCaughrean, is the 2008 Printz Award winner. The book is published in the USA by HarperTempest, an imprint of HarperCollins.

McCaughrean, who has been published in the UK for many years by Oxford University Press, was chosen to write the official sequel to Peter Pan, Peter Pan in Scarlet and has been winning awards for her books for many years, since being awarded the Whitbread Children's Book Award for A Little Lower than the Angels in 1987.

Four Printz Honor Books were named: Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet, by Elizabeth Knox, published by Frances Foster Books; One Whole and Perfect Day, by Judith Clarke, published by Front Street; Repossessed, by A. M. Jenkins, published by HarperTeen; and Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath, by Stephanie Hemphill, published by Alfred A. Knopf.

Full list of ALA Awards

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Prime Minister launches National Year of Reading

Gordon Brown and Education Secretary Ed Balls were joined by a group of schoolchildren and children's writers at 10 Downing Street today for the launch of the National Year of Reading.

Children from City of London Academy and Loxford School of Science and Technology created 'reading corners' with beanbags and cushions and chatted with the Prime Minister about their favourite books.

The 2008 National Year of Reading has been launched to help build a greater national passion for the pastime among children, families and adult learners alike.

At the launch, Ed Balls called for every employer, school, library, college and local authority to get involved and sign up to the campaign by logging on to the National Year of Reading website  

Mr Balls said:

"I want every school, college, library and employer to pledge to join in with the Year of Reading by signing up online. If local communities, authors, broadcasters, celebrities and employers come on board we can really bring about a long-term change in the nation's attitudes to reading.

"Books are at the heart of the Year's activities but all reading 'counts'. Newspapers, magazines, poetry, song lyrics, screenplays and blogs will all feature as part of the Year's activities."

Campaigns and activities to boost reading throughout the year will be led by 146 'reading coordinators' working with local authorities.

Suggested activities include employers making their work place more reader-friendly by turning their old smoking rooms into mini-libraries and encouraging parents to spend ten minutes a day reading with their children.

The SLA will of course be creating activities and reminders of how school libraries can be involved with the NYR, and these will be available on our website when the Year begins, in April

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New Year Honour for SLA Chief Executive

The Officers and staff of the SLA are delighted to announce that the Chief Executive, Kathy Lemaire, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List for services to education.  Kathy has been in this post since 1997, and was previously Principal Librarian for the Oxfordshire Schools Library Service, and advisor for school libraries for the LEA.

On hearing of the award Kathy said "I consider this honour really to be an acknowledgement of the work of the SLA and the importance of school libraries rather than a purely personal one, so it is for all of those hardworking school librarians at the sharp end too!"

Also honoured by the Queen at the New Year were author and former Children's Laureate Jacqueline Wilson, and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library, who were both awarded richly deserved DBE's.

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