Award helps campaign to get kids hooked on books

Cora Harrison with some of the children who attended the Book Award event at Hailsham Pavilion
Cora Harrison with some of the children who attended the Book Award event at Hailsham Pavilion
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CORA Harrison has won the East Sussex Children’s Book Award for 2011 for her book ‘The Montgomery Murder’.

The author was presented with the award at a recent ceremony held at Hailsham Pavilion.

Victor Watson, author of ‘Paradise Barn’, which was the runner up in the awards also attended the ceremony.

Children from 12 primary schools from towns and villages including Eastbourne, Hailsham and Hellingly attended the event.

Organised by East Sussex County Council’s Schools Library and Museum Service, the Book Award initiative runs for six months and includes book talks, book clubs, competitions and author events involving over 1,000 pupils across 47 schools. The youngsters have been busy since January reading the books and selecting their favourites in the Awards that have again been sponsored by HSBC.

The other three books out of the five nominated in the awards were: The Boy who fell down Exit 43 by Harriet Goodwin, Maskmaker by Jane Johnson and Space Crime Conspiracy by Gareth P Jones.

The award ceremony included presentations by children about each of the nominated books.

Councillor Tony Freebody, Lead Member for Community Services at the County Council, said, “I would like to congratulate Cora on her award and also the other authors who were nominated. The Book Award helps us with our aim of promoting reading for pleasure and as a key life skill. We want to encourage children to read more widely and get hooked on books.

“The schools have told us they really enjoy this initiative and it’s wonderful to see so many children in East Sussex taking part.”