A group of thirteen students from years 7-9 attended the Bolton Children’s Fiction Award ceremony at Bolton School on Thursday 6th July. The storyteller John Kirk compared the event and all the students listened to a question and answer session with the authors present at the ceremony. This year three of the six authors were present. The authors spoke about how they became authors and what inspired them to write their books. We were thrilled that Anna and Rhea’s questions were selected as part of this session.

The fifteen schools attending the award had the chance to have one special workshop with an author and we were thrilled when we met M.G. Leonard.

Jessica said,

It was a wonderful day as we got to have time listening to the author speak about her book and she read some of her stories to us. Also we got the opportunity to ask questions which she answered

Maria said

The Bolton Book Award was a fantastic experience. The authors were extremely friendly and very lovely people. It was interesting finding out about the authors and how their ideas for books came about. It was great meeting them!

An exciting part of the event is to purchase one of the book award books and have it personally signed by the author.

Before the big announcement everyone watched amazing book trailers promoting the award’s shortlisted books and the authors had their chance to address the audience. Some authors shared chapters of their new books too to inspire the children to carry on reading their adventures.

Jessica said

My favourite part was when they declared the winner of the 2017 Bolton fiction award …Andrew Norris ‘Jessica’s ghost.’ I would definitely go again!!

Anna and Heather said,

We really enjoyed this event today and we think that it has been the best award that we have been to in comparison with previous years. We really enjoyed listening to M.G .Leonard as she was very enthusiastic and she was a very interesting speaker. Overall, it was a great day and we had lots of fun!

Thank you to Bolton School for organizing another successful book award.


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Jessica's Ghost Book Cover Jessica's Ghost
Andrew Norriss
7th January 2016

When Jessica sits down next to Francis on a bench one break time, he's surprised to learn that she isn't actually alive-she's a ghost. And she's surprised too, because Francis is the first person who has ever been able to see her. Before long, Francis and Jessica are best friends, enjoying life more than they have in a long time. When they meet two more friends who also can see Jessica, the question arises: what is it the children have in common? And is it connected to the existence of Jessica's ghost? The answer, when it emerges, is both surprising and moving-and leads to a dramatic conclusion that none of them could have foreseen.

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