November 2016: Wordsmiths select Lancashire Book of the Year


BOOKWORMS are devouring 92 different books at Haslingden High School as they seek to find the Lancashire Book of the Year.

The school is taking part in the annual literary challenge and four Year 9 students – Mia Halstead, Tierney Craven, Mia Duxbury and Poppy Spencer-Hall have been selected to represent the school.

The first meeting has been held at Rawtenstall Library between students from Haslingden High School, Whitworth Community High School and Norden High School in Rishton.

There they discussed their favourites out of the first 30 books that had been provided to schools.

Mia Halstead said: “We will get three boxes in total and we read a selection and then go online to write a review. The books are also given out to the class and they also review them. Then we collate all the opinions to find our top books.

“I like reading and it is important to try new genre.”

Tierney said: “I would not normally read a horror book, but there was one in the box and I really enjoyed it.”

School librarian Fiona Ridings said: “We are now on the second box of books and we will get a third early in January.”

All 18 schools will select a top 10 and then two students will go to a meeting at County Hall in Preston in March when a top 10 list will be agreed based on all the students’ reviews.

The students and other non-participating schools have the chance to read and rate the top 10 and the winner is announced in Preston in July when the top 10 authors are all invited to hold a question and answer session.