Winners announced for the Cheshire Schools' Book Award 2022

Over 180 secondary school students, librarians, teachers, and parents gathered at Winsford Academy on Wednesday 29 June to celebrate the return of the Cheshire Schools’ Book Award. Shortlisted authors Tamsin Winter and George Lester entertained the crowd with stories of their writing journeys, favourite childhood books, and the unexpected benefits of failing – and picking yourself up again.

Following a lively Question and Answer session with the authors, the winners of this year’s awards were announced. Students chose Phil Earle as the winner of the younger age category with When the Sky Falls, a powerful testament to friendship and resilience set in war-torn London. Girl (in Real Life), Tamsin Winter’s hilarious tale of online fame and parental oversharing, scored enough likes to take the runner-up position in the younger age category. Set in the not-so distant future, The Outrage, William Hussey’s chilling tale of homophobia and political extremism, was a clear favourite with readers, taking the top prize in the older age category. George Lester came runner-up in this category with Boy Queen, a coming-of-age story that boldly sashays through the world of drag, throwing a spotlight on the friendship and community found there.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the event. After the cancellation of last year's award, we were delighted to see so many enthusiastic and engaged students in person. 

Poster showing the winners and runners-up of the Cheshire Schools' Book Award 2022


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