PUPILS from Lathom High School in Skelmersdale and Up Holland High School have been involved in choosing the shortlisted titles for the Lancashire Book of the Year 2021 Award.
Lancashire Book of the Year remains one of the few book awards where young people themselves are totally responsible for drawing up the shortlist and choosing the overall winner.
Students from 21 high schools across the county have voted for their favourite books from the longlist, and have selected an exciting shortlist which represents the best of Young Adult fiction.
The shortlisted authors and books are: Rob Harrell, Wink; Ben Oliver, The Loop; Jenny Oliver, Chelsea High; Amanda K Morgan, Five Little Liars; Kesia Lupo, We Are Bound By Stars; SA Domingo, Love on the Main Stage; Kerry Drewery, The Last Paper Crane; Nathan Parker, The Rise of the Chemist; Christina Hammonds Reed, The Black Kids; Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, On Midnight Beach; and Danielle Jawando, And the Stars Were Burning Brightly.
The winning author of the Lancashire Book of the Year 2021 Award will be decided by pupils from schools across the county and announced at a virtual event in late September.
Julie Bell, Lancashire County Council’s head of service for libraries, museums, culture and archives, said: “Being introduced to books at any age is vital for instilling a love of reading that can stay with you for the rest of your life.
“Lancashire Book of the Year is widely recognised as an important and prestigious award for brilliant Young Adult Fiction. It’s great to see young people actively selecting the shortlist themselves, and developing crucial critical thinking skills.”
The Lancashire Book of the Year Award is run by Lancashire Libraries and sponsored by UCLan for the 19th year.