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Concorde Book Award

Concorde Book Award 2021 

We are delighted to present the Concorde Book Award 2021 Summer Reading List, in place of our annual Concorde Book Award. The list features 14 summer reads, selected by and for young people aged 11-14, currently in Years 6-8 at schools in South Gloucestershire. Young people are at the heart of the Concorde Book Awards, not only selecting the books but also designing the poster, bookmarks and this year’s message: 

Books keep us on the same page – even when we are far apart 


Concorde Book Award 2020 

The uplifting story of a boy who flees a worn torn country to make new friends in the UK has been voted as the 2020 winner of South Gloucestershire’s literature prize for young people. ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ shows the power of books to highlight issues facing young people and helps us to understand the world and other people’s perspectives. 

Author of ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’, Onjali Raúf, beat off competition from five other young people’s fiction titles to claim the coveted award. 

Accepting the award, Onjali said: “I’m so utterly thrilled to have the Concorde Book Award be gifted to Ahmet’s story – it means the world to me that the story is deemed worthy enough of this lovely award, and that the story is still striking a chord with so many hearts. Thank you so much for the honour!” 

The 6 shortlisted books in 2020 were nominated by young people across South Gloucestershire and are free to borrow from any South Gloucestershire Library, just click on the title: 

The Truth About Lies – Tracy Darnton 

The Boy at the Back of the Class – Onjali Rauf 

Potkin and Stubbs – Sophie Green 

The Land of Neverendings – Kate Saunders 

Whiteout – Gabriel Dylan 

Thunderstruck – Ali Sparkes 


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