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And the winner is...Stockton schoolchildren vote for their book of the year

29 March 2018

More than 600 local schoolchildren have voted for their favourite book and now the result of the 21st Stockton Children's Book of the Year award is in.

Image of Ross Mackenzi at Stockton school

Ross MacKenzie's 'Shadowsmith' weaves a world of adventure that keeps thrilled young readers guessing right to the end.

Pupils read their way through a selected shortlist of books before choosing their winner in a secret ballot.

'Shadowsmith' topped the poll but wasn't the only winner, as Maisie from St Patrick's RC Primary School in Thornaby bagged the Book Review of the Year award for her review of 'Beaky Malone: World's Greatest Liar' by Barry Hutchison.

Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "The Stockton Children's Book of the Year is as popular as ever as we celebrate its 21st year with its fantastic reputation of promoting a love of literature for our schoolchildren.

"Congratulations to Ross MacKenzie on his success and also to Maisie for her wonderful review. Well done to all of the pupils who took part in reading the shortlisted books this year, I hope they've now got a passion for stories that will stay with them."

The full shortlist for the 2018 Stockton Children's Book of the Year was:

  • Peter Bunzl - Cogheart
  • Horatio Clare - Aubrey and The Terrible Ladybirds
  • Barry Hutchison - Beaky Malone: World's Greatest Liar
  • Jane Kerr - The Elephant Thief
  • Ross MacKenzie - Shadowsmith

Stockton Children's Book of the Year is organised by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Libraries service.