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Leeds Book Awards 2015
2015 AWARD WINNERS:
Over 800 Children and Young People from 20 high schools and 54 primary schools packed into Pudsey Civic Hall in two events to celebrate their favourite authors and books of the last year in the 9-11, 11-14 and 14-16 age categories.
In total, a whopping 1563 reviews were posted onto this website and 781 votes were counted from across the city as young people avidly read and discussed each shortlisted book before choosing their own winner in each respective category.
With many of the shortlisted authors in attendance, tension was high as the golden envelopes containing the names of the winners were opened on the stage.
The Winners for 2015 are:
- 9-11 category: A Room Full of Chocolate by Jane Elson
- 11-14 category: Smart by Kim Slater
- 14-16 category: Web of Darkness by Bali Rai
The 2015 shortlists were:
- Jane Elson, A Room Full of Chocolate
- Rachel Hamilton, The Case of the Exploding Loo
- A. F. Harrold, The Imaginary
- Hilton Pashley, Gabriel's Clock
- William Sutcliffe, Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom
- Lara Williamson, A Boy Called Hope
- Peter Jay Black, Urban Outlaws
- Steven Camden, Tape
- T. S. Easton, Boys Don't Knit
- Dave Shelton, Thirteen Chairs
- Kim Slater, Smart
- Rupert Wallis, The Dark Inside
- Holly Bourne, The Manifesto on How to be Interesting
- Keren David, Salvage
- Ben Davis, The Private Blog of Joe Cowley
- Matt Haig, Echo Boy
- Tom Hoyle, Thirteen
- Bali Rai, Web of Darkness
For full details of the shortlisted books and their authors, please go to the shortlists page.
Want to take part? Here's how:
You get to be the judge!
Look at the shortlist categories on this website and choose which list is best for you.
We have 3 categories to choose from:
- Best Book for 9-11 year olds
- Best Book for 11-14 year olds
- The Breezereads Award - Best Book for 14-16 year olds
Find out more about Breezereads at www.breezeleeds.org/pg/3/Breezereads.
Read the books and talk about them with your friends, teachers, carers and librarians.
Look at the authors' (or their publishers') websites to find out more about them and all the books they have written.
Look at the reviews on this website to see what others think and have your say.
Decide which is your favourite book and VOTE!
- You can vote for your favourite book in your local library or through your Leeds Book Awards school book group.
- Voting won't close until Friday 24th April 2015, so don't worry, there is plenty of time to make up your mind.
- When all the votes have been counted, the winners will be announced on 19th May 2015 for the 11-14 and 14-16 categories and on 21st May 2015 for the 9-11 category.
This year there will be TWO celebration days and Awards ceremonies, the first on Tuesday 19th May 2015 at The Pudsey Civic Hall, for High Schools reading the 11-14 and 14-16 shortlists. The second celebration day will be on Thursday 21st May 2015 at The Pudsey Civic Hall for Primary Schools reading the 9-11 shortlist.
Some of the shortlisted authors will be at both Award ceremonies for you to meeet.
So, start reading, and most of all... have fun!!!