Worcestershire's Teen Book Award winner announced

First published in News

WORCESTERSHIRE'S Teen Book Award winner for 2014 was chosen at a special celebration event at the council chambers.

The county named The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey as its favourite teen title published in 2013.

Kathy Kirk, strategic library and learning manager, announced the win after a quiz on all the titles that were nominated, which was won by Pershore High School students, and a talk by author Phil Earle on his own writing.

She said: "The Worcestershire Teen Book Awards means more young people get to experiment with a greater range of genres than they might normally tackle. Not only is this a great way to keep young people engaged with reading but it is also very enjoyable experience."

Dawn Woods, manager of the schools library service and writer for your Worcester News, reviewed the winning title.

She said: "Dystopian novels are still flavour of the month and this is a gritty, terrifying picture of life after a catastrophe.

"The sequel is published later this year and there will be many young people lined up waiting for it."

The 5th wave has also just won its category and was overall winner of the Red House Book Award, voted for by children.

The other titles shortlisted for the prize were Russian Roulette by Anthony Horowitz, Downside Up by Hayley Long, More than this by Patrick Ness, Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher, and The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud.

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