On Tuesday March 14th King Edward’s Grammar School, Chelmsford hosted the 11th Essex Book Awards (EBA) arranged by Essex Education Services. Now in its eleventh year, the EBA is a well established county-wide scheme for schools in Essex. It aims to improve literacy among pupils at Key Stage 3, facilitating debate and discussion between pupils and encouraging reading for pleasure. There were five nominated authors who attended this year.
Hundreds of pupils from nineteen secondary schools took part, reading and reviewing novels from a range of writers. Over 600 individual book reviews were sent to the EBA blog with participants engaging in lively debate about the novels and the broad range of themes explored. Individual authors also got involved, often interacting with pupils and contributing to the discussions.
I would like to thank Abigail, Mahnoor, Lucia, Zoe, Charlotte, Hollie, Alistair and Cameron for their impeccable behaviour, they were wonderful ambassadors for Tabor Academy. ‘Boy X’ by Dan Smith was
voted Essex Book of the Year.
The event was very inspiring and memorable. Quote from Lucia; “I spoke to author Monica Vaughan, the author of the book ‘Six’. She was from Spain, like me, and we spoke to each other in Spanish. It was really cool as we had so much in common”.
Quote from Alistair; “Author Robin Jarvis even brought in a skull to explain about his creepy book ‘The Power of Dark’. It was great!”. Mrs Barrow, Library Manager