The winners of the Cheshire Schools Book Awards 2018 have been announced at a ceremony organised by Cheshire Education Library Service.
In total 20 secondary schools across Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Warrington and Halton took part in the awards.
The schools’ reading groups recommended books for a shortlist launched in October, and they read through them until May and then voted for their favourites.
This year, the winners of the two categories were:
Year 7 and 8 award:
Winner: Robin Stevens – ‘The Guggenheim Mystery’
Runner up: Gill Lewis – ‘A Story like the Wind’
Year 9 and above award:
Winner: Kerry Drewery – ‘Cell 7’
Runner up: John Young – ‘Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist’
The council’s cabinet member for communities and wellbeing, Cllr Louise Gittins said: “The Cheshire Book Awards are a very entertaining and inspirational initiative.
“Around 180 people attended the awards announcement ceremony, mainly school pupils, aged 12 to 15 years, and their school librarians.
“I am delighted so many young people engage with the awards and attended the event and most importantly read the books in their own time. Who says teenagers don’t read?”
Photo (L-R): Authors Gill Lewis, John Young, Kerry Drewery and Robin Stevens