Since last October, students from eleven Wirral secondary school students have been busy reading to choose their Wirral Paperback of the Year 2018.
This is the fourth occasion that authors have competed for this prestigious award and this year over a hundred students were attracted to the event in which they voted for their favourite paperback. School librarians started with a list of fifty books, shortlisting twelve titles covering a mix of genres – including comedy, science fiction, adventure, thrillers and romance.
Hosted by Prenton High School, the voting event opened with trailers and presentations and a display of artworks, poems and cakes dedicated to their favourite book. We were then treated to a talk by Sheena Wilkinson who had travelled from Northern Ireland for the occasion to give students background on how she started writing and about her shortlisted book, Street Song.
Following a book-signing session with Sheena, during which time the votes were counted, the announcement was made – the winner was ‘Noah Can’t Even’ by Simon James Green. In second place was ‘After the Fire’ by Will Hill, followed by ‘Three Dark Crowns’ by Kendare Blake.
Thanks to Sheena Wilkinson for joining the event – for those wishing to learn more about Sheena and her work, she has a twitter account: @sheenawriter
Year 7 students Halima and Maliha are pictured here with their artwork and cakes dedicated to her book and Sheena can also be seen here with Year 8 student Emily.