The winner of this year’s NE Book Award is The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell.  The award was announced at a special event in Newcastle in front of a capacity crowd of 300 student judges, their librarians and teachers.

Local debut authors, Chris Callaghan and Chloe Daykin, joined popular shortlisted authors Peter Bunzl and Lucy Strange, to put the NE back into the NE Book Award.   There were book voucher prizes for every single one of our student judges, lots of books sold and signed and LOTS of chocolate….

Thanks to all of our authors and judges for making it such a fabulous night.

Shortlisting begins soon for next year’s award.  If you’ve read a book that’s blown you away let us know. You could be meeting the author here in Newcastle next year!


The NEBA was set up in 2005 due to popular demand; those schools who had taken part in the North East Teenage Book Award wanted a similar scheme to enthuse their younger readers in Year 7 and 8 about new books and exciting new authors too.

The aim of the younger and teenage awards remain the same; we want to make young people more aware of the quality and variety of exciting writing out there, to celebrate and support the authors to and create opportunities for the authors to meet their avid readers. We remain amazed at how many schools want to take part and now 25 schools sign up every year from across the whole Northeast region.

NEBA caters for the reading needs of OUR young people, allowing them to voice their opinions about the books and the reading which matters to them. Their vote decides the winner each year, their opinions are sought when drawing up the long and shortlists and they are critical, highly perceptive and insightful readers. Because NEBA is all about reading it’s also the only award in the world (that we know of) where the student judges, not the winning authors, get the prizes.