Shadow Magic wins Concorde Book Award

March 29 2018
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FANTASY fiction novel Shadow Magic has been chosen as the 2018 winner of South Gloucestershire’s Concorde Book Award.

Author Sarwat Chadda, writing under the pseudonym Joshua Khan, beat off competition from five other young people’s fiction titles to claim the literature prize.

Students from Mangotsfield and Downend Schools, other secondary schools and library reading groups read their way through the shortlisted titles.

Votes were cast on World Book Day and the winner was announced at a gala event at the Bristol and Bath Science Park at Emersons Green.

Chair of South Gloucester-shire Council Cllr Ian Blair presented the award. He said: “I’m thrilled to have been involved with the Concorde Book Award this year. Congratulations to all the young people who have taken part, their enthusiasm and love for reading really is inspiring. My thanks go to South Gloucestershire’s libraries and schools who have worked together to organise this award, which celebrates young people’s reading and gives young people a stage to share their interests and achievements. Finally, congratulations to author Sarwat Chadda for his well-deserved win.”

The awards event saw a number of young people give presentations about their favourite books and conduct interviews with the shortlisted authors who attended. The shortlisted authors also each nominated an item to go in to ‘Room 101’ and the students voted for the winner. 

Five members of the school library group represented Mangotsfield School at the event. They were Jess Dando, Billie Edwards, Mia Johnson, Erica Weeks and Evie Westbrook.

The Concorde Book Award is a long-running ‘young people’s Booker’ run by South Gloucestershire schools and public libraries in which groups of young people read a shortlist of novels. 

They are then encouraged to join a reading group, whether at school or in a local library, to read six books and talk about them with other group members, before voting on their favourite title.

The scheme aims to promote a love of reading among 11-14 year olds (Year 7 to 9 secondary school students, Key Stage 3), and thousands of young people have taken part since it was launched in 2007.

The other shortlisted titles were Generation Next by Oli White; More of Me by Kathryn Evans; Scarlett and Ivy: The Lost Twin by Sophie Cleverly; The Bone Sparrow’by Zana Fraillon; and Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford.