Top history writer wins East Sussex Children’s Book Award 2011

HAILSHAM: Book award ceremony for Wealden schools 16-6-11''Winner Cora Harrison with Framfield school kids.
HAILSHAM: Book award ceremony for Wealden schools 16-6-11''Winner Cora Harrison with Framfield school kids.

A TOP HISTORY writer won the East Sussex Children’s Book Award for 2011 for her book ‘The Montgomery Murder’.

Author Cora Harrison was presented with the award at a ceremony held at Hailsham Pavilion on June 16.

Runner-up and fellow author Victor Watson, who penned ‘Paradise Barn’, also attended the ceremony along with children from 12 primary schools including Framfield, Hailsham, and Hellingly.

County Cllr Tony Freebody said: “I would like to congratulate Cora on her award and also the other authors who were nominated. The Book Award helps us with our aim of promoting reading for pleasure and as a key life skill. We want to encourage children to read more widely and get hooked on books. The schools have told us they really enjoy this initiative and it’s wonderful to see so many children in East Sussex taking part.”

The Book Award initiative runs for six months and includes book talks, book clubs, competitions and author events involving over 1,000 pupils across 47 schools.

Youngsters have been busy since January reading the books and selecting their favourites in the Awards that have again been sponsored by HSBC.

The other three books out of the five nominated in the awards were: ‘The Boy who fell down Exit 43’ by Harriet Goodwin, ‘Maskmaker’ by Jane Johnson and ‘Space Crime Conspiracy’ by Gareth P Jones. The award ceremony included presentations by children about each of the nominated books.

Photo caption: Winner Cora Harrison with pupils from Framfield C of E Primary School