Test Valley School was delighted to take a group of Year 8 pupils to the Hampshire Book Award Final Voting Day. The pupils had been reading and discussing six teen fiction books, and this was their chance to vote for their favourite!
On arrival the pupils were mixed with other pupils from schools in the North Hampshire area and took part in discussions about the six books, before voting on their favourite. While the votes were being counted and collated with votes from other schools throughout Hampshire, the pupils took part in a book quiz. Divided into four sections the quiz included questions about the six novels entered in the Hampshire Book Award, books based in different parts of the world, detective books and books that have featured on television and in films. We were very pleased that two pupils from Test Valley School were on the winning team!
After an exciting countdown the winning book was finally revealed, which is ‘Shell’, by Paula Rawsthorne. ‘Shell’ is all about Lucy, who is suffering from terminal cancer and has resigned herself to dying. Her family and best friend cannot accept this outcome, and her family do something radical that not only changes Lucy’s life, but also that of her family, her friends and people she doesn’t know. A story with unexpected twists, believable characters and a thought-provoking plot make this book hard to put down.
The Test Valley Pupils are now looking forward to the Hampshire Book Award Ceremony later this year, where they will get the chance to see the author receive her award, and find out more about how she wrote the book.