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Lambeth Phoenix Book Award 2018

Lambeth ‘Phoenix Book Award 2018’

Bishop Thomas Grant students had an opportunity to participate in the annual ‘Lambeth Phoenix Book’ Award by reading and reviewing four short-listed novels. This is a local award organised by librarians in the Lambeth borough in order to promote reading for pleasure.  Nominated novels for this year’s award were ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ by Emma Carroll, ‘What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible’ by Ross Welford ‘Black Powder’ by Ally Sherrick and ‘Radio Boy’ by Christian O’Connell. 

Over the last few months seven Year 7 students have been reading the shortlisted novels and meeting weekly to discuss books, write book reviews and draw imaginings of the plot! Members of the Bishop Thomas Grant reading group attended the Award Event at Streatham & Clapham High School on 3th of May. During the ceremony students had an opportunity to meet two book authors Ally Sherrick and Ross Welford, listen to their presentation and ask questions about their books.

Traditionally students from four schools present their ideas on why one of the short-listed novels should win the overall award and students from Bishop Thomas Grant School created a presentation about Emma Carroll’s historical fiction novel ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ before all students in attendance summited votes for their favourite book.  Sadly, despite the students presenting well with energy and enthusiasm, it was not the winning book on this occasion as the winner of Lambeth Phoenix Book Award 2018 was announced Christian O’Connell’s novel ‘Radio Boy’.

The library holds copies of all the shortlisted books so please do pop in to have a look yourself!