Shortlist announced for the Cheshire Schools' Book Award 2023

The shortlist for the Cheshire Schools' Book Award 2023 was announced at Winsford Academy on Wednesday 2nd November. Cynthia Murphy, author of the Point Horror-inspired novels, Last One to Die and Win Lose Kill Die, thrilled the audience of students, teachers and librarians, while local teacher turned surprise nominee Kate S. Martin was delighted to take to the stage. 

CSBA23 shortlist

The Cheshire Schools' Book Award is entirely student-led, with students nominating and voting for their favourite books. All secondary schools who subscribe to ELS are welcome to join in. Participation is free, fun, and it can help promote reading for pleasure within your school, encouraging lively and positive dialogue amongst students and staff.

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Cheshire Schools' Book Award 2023 shortlist 

Younger age category

Dread Wood by Jennifer Killick

Fake by Ele Fountain

Fight Back by A.M. Dassu

Resist by Tom Palmer

The Rollercoaster Boy by Lisa Thompson

Older age category

Are You Okay, Elliot Hart? by Kate S. Martin

Her Dark Wings by Melinda Salisbury 

Gay Club! by Simon James Green

The Dark Lady by Akala 

Win Lose Kill Die by Cynthia Murphy 

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