The magical Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie was announced as the runaway winner of this year’s NE Book Award. Over 300 children and young people, librarians, teachers and parents gathered at the Centre for Life in Newcastle to meet the authors of the books they’d spent months discussing and debating – and they were not definitely disappointed.
As an extra treat this year, to celebrate the 10th birthday of the award, we also welcomed local authors Dan Smith and Helen Limon to join us in our celebrations.
All the authors attending gave brilliant, fascinating and often very funny insights into their books and their writing and the buzz in the hall was bigger and better than ever before in the ten year history of the award.
Congratulations to Ross and to Floris Books, to all the shortlisted authors and to all those students, librarians and teachers who every year make the NE Book Award such a success. Here’s to the next ten years!!!!
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.