Preston students vote for shortlisted titles to win Lancashire Book of the Year 2021 Award

Posted on - 28th May, 2021 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Education, Preston News, Schools

The shortlisted titles for the Lancashire Book of the Year 2021 Award were announced on Monday, 24 May.


Lancashire Book of the Year remains one of the few book awards where young people themselves are totally responsible for drawing up the shortlist and choosing the overall winner.

Students from 21 high schools across the county have voted for their favourite books from the longlist, and have selected an exciting shortlist which represents the best of Young Adult fiction.

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The shortlisted authors and books are:

  • Rob Harrell, Wink
  • Ben Oliver, The Loop
  • Jenny Oliver, Chelsea High
  • Amanda K Morgan, Five Little Liars
  • Kesia Lupo, We Are Bound By Stars
  • SA Domingo, Love on the Main Stage
  • Kerry Drewery, The Last Paper Crane
  • Nathan Parker, The Rise of the Chemist
  • Christina Hammonds Reed, The Black Kids
  • Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, On Midnight Beach
  • Danielle Jawando, And the Stars Were Burning Brightly

The winning author of the Lancashire Book of the Year 2021 Award will be decided by pupils from schools across the county and announced at a virtual event in late September.

Julie Bell, Lancashire County Council’s head of service for libraries, museums, culture and archives, said: “Being introduced to books at any age is vital for instilling a love of reading that can stay with you for the rest of your life.

“Lancashire Book of the Year is widely recognised as an important and prestigious award for brilliant Young Adult Fiction. It’s great to see young people actively selecting the shortlist themselves, and developing crucial critical thinking skills.

“We are so pleased that the teenage readers have continued reading throughout what has been an incredibly challenging year. I really hope that they continue to develop their love of reading and that they enjoy reading these shortlisted books to decide on their overall winner.”

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There were 68 books nominated this year. The young judges have been reading them since October 2020 to decide which books to shortlist.

The schools that have taken part this year are:

  • Shuttleworth College, Burnley
  • Sir John Thursby Community College, Burnley
  • Albany Academy, Chorley
  • Parklands Academy, Chorley
  • Shaftesbury High School, Chorley
  • Kirkham Grammar School, Fylde
  • Lytham St Annes High School, Fylde
  • Accrington Academy, Hyndburn
  • Mount Carmel Roman Catholic High School, Hyndburn
  • Our Lady’s Catholic College, Lancaster
  • Colne Primet Academy, Pendle
  • Marsden Heights Community College, Pendle
  • Archbishop Temple School, Preston
  • Our Lady’s Catholic High School, Preston
  • Leyland St Mary’s Catholic High School, South Ribble
  • Penwortham Girls High School, South Ribble
  • Lathom High School, West Lancashire
  • Upholland School, West Lancashire
  • Fleetwood High School, Wyre
  • Millfield Science and Performing Arts College, Wyre
  • Stonyhurst College, Ribble Valley

The pupils taking part are from school Year 9 (aged 13 and 14).

The Lancashire Book of the Year was the first regional book award for Young Adults when it began in 1987. It was won that year by Philip Pullman, who went on to great success with the His Dark Materials trilogy.

The Lancashire Book of the Year Award is run by Lancashire Libraries and sponsored by UCLan for the 19th year.

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