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Stockton Borough's young readers choose 'The Last Wild' as Book of the Year

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

book of the year 2015

The Last Wild by Piers Torday scooped Stockton Children’s Book of the Year at a special ceremony last night.

Over recent months more than 500 children and young people from across Stockton Borough schools have been busy reading to find their favourite author from a selection of four books:
• C J Busby – Deep Amber
• Peter Jay Black – Urban Outlaws
• William Sutcliffe – Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom
• Piers Torday – The Last Wild
The youngsters, aged between 9 to 12 years, then voted in a secret ballot for their favourite story.
Top of the poll was Piers Torday’s The Last Wild which tells the incredible tale of a 12-year old boy, Kester Jaynes, who meets a selection of charismatic wild animals and joins them on an amazing journey.  

A prize also went to the young person with the best ‘Book Review of the Year Award’, which was won by Hollie Evans, a pupil from Ingleby Mill Primary School for her review of Deep Amber by C J Busby.

Winning author, Piers Torday, said: “I am delighted and honoured that ‘The Last Wild’ has won Stockton Children’s Book of the Year 2015. Not only does the recognition from libraries, schools and children from the North East mean so much to me personally, but it is a fantastic opportunity to create engagement and buzz around books, reading and authors. I know from previous involvement at other regional awards what an impact these events can have on young readers, with the wonderful emails and letters that follow. The mass participation of local children in this award puts the power of reading and limitless possibilities of the imagination directly into their hands, and it is a privilege to be part of that process.”

Before the award ceremony all four short-listed authors visited Stockton schools during the day to meet with pupils and talk about their books and the importance of literature.

Now in its 18th year the book awards is organised by Stockton Council’s Libraries Service to celebrate books and the pleasure of reading.

Photos show: Winning author Piers Torday with Ingleby Mill Primary pupils, (L-R) Josh Lofthouse, 10, Ethan Thomas, 9, Hollie Evans, 11 and Savreet Sangha, 10 at Stockton Central Library

Author CJ Busby with Hollie Evans from Ingleby Mill, winner of 'Best Review' for Deep Amber.

The Last Wild is Piers Torday’s debut novel and has quickly become a bestseller across 13 countries. The sequel, The Dark Wild, won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 2014 and the third and final book in the series, The Wild Beyond, is due to be published later this year.
The Last Wild is critically acclaimed and has won Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year 2014, was shortlisted for a host of awards including the Waterstones children’s book prize and has been named a Financial Times Children’s Book of the Year.
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