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Hampshire Book Award 2018

Every year avid readers from Year 8 take part in the Hampshire Book Awards. Students from Secondary Schools across the county are involved in every stage of the Award, from the selection of the long and short lists (from the best paperback fiction published the previous year), to the final vote from the winning author.

The shortlist of books announced in March 2018 were:



Accompanied by Mrs Millard and Mrs Seward, 11 students from Year 8 attended Court Moor School in Fleet for the live Regional Voting Day on Thursday 28th June. Together with other local schools, they discussed the books and then submitted votes for their favourite. Each book was rated according to the three Es : Enjoyment, Enrichment and Engagement.


Students took part in a short fiction quiz whilst the votes from around the County were being counted. The winning table won a fiction book each to keep as their prize.

Once all votes were counted and verified, the winning book was announced as :

Instructions of a Second Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray

The winning author will be invited to a presentation at Winchester Guildhall in the Autumn term to accept the award.

Wavell students involved were: Aidan, Emily, Robert, Bethan, Breanna, Ella, Julia, Nicholas, Heather, Katie, and Abigail and they are all keen to run a similar Book Award within school in Year 9.