The Mute Button by Ellie Irving was awarded Stockton Children’s Book of the Year at a special ceremony last night (Tuesday, 22 March).
More than 500 children from 23 primary schools, secondary schools and academies across Stockton Borough have been busy reading to find their favourite author from a selection of five books:
- The Girl Who Walked on Air – Emma Carroll
- The Serpent House – Bea Davenport
- The Mute Button – Ellie Irving
- Alfie Bloom & the Secret of Hexbridge Castle - Gabrielle Kent
- The River Singers – Tom Moorhouse
The youngsters, aged between 9 to 12 years, then voted in a secret ballot for their favourite story.
Top of the poll was The Mute Button by Ellie Irving, a hilarious story about making yourself heard in the midst of chaos. Anthony Button loves his big family, but their noise can drive him crazy. He starts a silent protest to try and get everyone’s attention but will he ever find his voice again?
Before the award ceremony all five short-listed authors visited Stockton schools during the day to meet with pupils and talk about their books and the importance of literature.
The ceremony also included The Book Review of the Year Award 2016, which was won by Millie Sheridan, a pupil from Ingleby Mill Primary School, for her review of The River Singers by Tom Moorhouse.
Millie said: “I love reading a lot so I am really happy my book review won.”
Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “Stockton Children’s Book of the Year and the Review of Year awards are always a fantastic opportunity for schoolchildren to read a range of books, discover a new author or even an old favourite. Well done to all the children who took part and of course to author Ellie Irving for scooping the winning title.”
Now in its 19th year the book awards is organised by Stockton Council’s Libraries Service to celebrate books and the pleasure of reading.