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Waverton Good Read Children's Award 2011-12


The winner of the 2011-12 Award is Caroline Green for her novel "Dark Ride"

Pictures of Caroline's visit to Waverton and the participating schools are below.

The Good Read has extended its reach into primary schools by establishing the Waverton Good Read Children's Award. 9 to 11-year-olds in local schools have been invited to judge the best British debut children's novel of the year. In the first year, we created a short list of five books to present to the children in Years 5 and 6 at primary schools in Waverton and Chester. This, and details of the winner (Stephanie Burgis) can be found by clicking here.

The books for 2011-12, the second year of the award, are listed opposite. There was something for every reader in this year's books: The settings range from Africa, the Scottish Highlands, war-torn London and France, to a run-down English seaside town and various fantasy worlds. The characters include would-be wizards, ghosts and giants, and modern schoolboys and schoolgirls engaging in contemporary issues. The books were read and reviewed by pupils from years 5 and 6 at Waverton Primary School and Saighton School. The winning author was invited to meet the children and receive her award of £500 (donated by URENCO) in June 2012.

The books selected for the 2012-13 Children's Award will be announced in late September 2012.

For more details about the Children's Award please contact Carol Archer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Caroline receiving her award
With Carol Archer, talking to some of the readers
Signing books for enthusiastic children

Entries for 2011-12

Brett, Ivan Casper Candlewacks in Death by Pigeon Harper Collins
Busby, C J Frogspell Templar
Eastham, Ruth The Memory Cage Scholastic
Foxley, Janet Muncle Trogg Chicken House
Green, Caroline Dark Ride Piccadilly Press
Lewis, Gill Sky Hawk OUP
Mackenzie, Ross Zac and the Dream Pirates Chicken House
Rubin, Sarah Dreamer Ballerina Chicken House
Rundell, Katherine The Girl Savage Faber
Smith, Jenny Diary of a Parent Trainer Scholastic
Tate, Sarah Heart of Resistance Ragged Bear Publishing
White, Deborah Wickedness Templar