Young people in Bolton are set for a reading adventure of a lifetime with this year’s Children’s Book Award.
Eight book titles have been launched and the countdown is on to find Bolton’s top read of 2010.
Secondary school pupils aged between 11 and 14 are now invited to read all eight books and vote for their favourite by June 9.
An official awards ceremony, announcing the Children’s Book Award winner of 2010, will take place on Saturday, July 3.
The book award is organised by a steering group with representatives from Bolton Council Schools’ Library Service, secondary school librarians, Bolton Literacy Trust and the University of Bolton.
The initiative is sponsored by the University of Bolton and Page Nation.
Executive member for Adult and Community Services, Councillor Elaine Sherrington, said: “The annual book award is always a huge success among young people in Bolton. Books can be a great source of information and enjoyment, and this year we are encouraging young people to treat reading as an adventure – all they need is a little imagination.
“This year’s shortlist has a wide variety of challenging and interesting titles, which I’m sure will keep readers on their toes. I do hope those taking part enjoy their reading adventure over the next few months.”
Ms Sam Johnson, Director of the University of Bolton's School for Arts, Media and Education, who will be speaking at the launch, said: "We all know how important reading is in developing children's intellectual potential, but reading books is also a source of great fun and it is a pleasure to be involved in the Award.
“University staff are already planning workshops for schools where children will be able to explore themes from the books in different creative ways. This is the start of the journey finishing in the summer when the winner is chosen, and it’s a wonderful journey of discovery for everyone.”
The shortlist includes: Lifegame by Alison Allen-Gray; Zelah Green, Queen of Clean by Vanessa Curtis; Bang, Bang, You’re Dead! by Narinder Dhami; Mondays are Murder by Tanya Landman; The Pickle King by Rebecca Promitzer; The Soul Trade by E.E. Richardson; Forbidden Island by Malcolm Rose; Wolven by Di Toft.