To support this year’s CILIP Carnegie Medal and to promote Reading for Pleasure the LRC has run a reading reward scheme aimed at year 9 and 10 students. Using the Carnegie long list; students were encouraged to read as many titles as they could between the end of March and the beginning of June. There was a prize of a £10 book token for the student who read the most books.
The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. This year’s Carnegie Medal went to Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman, described by The Independent as “Gripping, vivid, superb” it is set at the end of the American Civil War and is about a young African-American girl who escapes the chaos and racial tension the war has left behind and joins the army where she is sent to fight a new war against the “savage Indians”. Trapped in a world of injustice and inequality, it's only when Charley is posted to Apache territory that she begins to learn what it is to be truly free.
The reading challenge was widely supported and soon some hot competition developed between a number of year 9 students. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the reading challenge is Taher Houssain from 9S who managed to read a total of 7 books and has received the £10 book token.