Awesome Book Awards


The Awesome Book Awards is a prize that honours the best new fiction authors for young readers aged 7 to 10, and since it was first launched in 2016, St Edward’s boys have played a part in choosing the winner of this prestigious award. Since the beginning of the Autumn term, our boys have been busy reading the 2018 shortlisted books.

Five books were listed and nine of our boys read each and every one, making them eligible to vote for a winning book and to attend the Awesome Books Award Ceremony at Cranleigh School. After much debate, the boys decided that ‘Radio Boy’ by Christian O’Connell was their favourite read closely followed by ‘Cogheart’ by Peter Bunzl.

Voting cast, it was with much excitement and anticipation that we headed off to Cranleigh School to attend the glittering award ceremony. What an awesome night! We got to meet real, live authors of our favourite books who signed our copies and even spoke to us! The winner of the most awesome book was ‘Cogheart’ by Peter Bunzl. Mrs Andrew was thrilled as this had been her favourite book and Oliver was delighted as he is already reading ‘Moonlocket’, Peter Bunzl’s next book, which he had bought along with him and got it signed with a personal message from Peter Bunzl himself. How amazingly awesome is that?!

We can’t wait to begin reading the 2019 shortlist and to be part of the celebrations again, this time next year. Thank you Mr Jones for getting us there and back safely and to Cranleigh School for initiating and hosting such a prestigious event. Who would have thought reading for pleasure could be so exciting?

Mrs Andrew.