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Stockton's children choose Megan Rix's 'Victory Dogs' as Book of the Year

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

schoolchildren book of the year 2014

Victory Dogs by Megan Rix was crowned Stockton Children’s Book of the Year at a special ceremony last night.

More than 500 children from 17 primary schools, secondary schools and academies across Stockton Borough have been busy reading to find their favourite author from a selection of four books:

  • The Battles of Ben Kingdom: The Claws of Evil by Andrew Beasley
  • Chosen by Neil Harrison
  • Midnight Pirates by Ally Kennen
  • Victory Dogs by Megan Rix

The youngsters, aged between 9 to 12 years, then voted in a secret ballot for their favourite story.

Top of the poll was Victory Dogs by Megan Rix which tells the incredible story of two lost puppies who become heroes of the blitz. The heart-warming tale follows Bark and Howl, as they make their way through the maze of tunnels under war-torn London.

All four short-listed authors came to Stockton, to talk to the children about their books and the importance of literature.

The ceremony also included ‘The Book Review of the Year Award 2014’, which was won by Alexandra Tanner, a pupil from Billingham South Community Primary School, for her review of Chosen by Neil Harrison.

Now in its 17th year the book awards is organised by Stockton Council’s Libraries Service to celebrate books and the pleasure of reading.