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Concorde Book Award 2020

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!”

This year’s 6 shortlisted books 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

The Concorde Book Award is for anyone in years 7 to 9 at secondary school. What is special about the award is that young people are very involved all the way through; from choosing the longlist and the winner to giving presentations at the award ceremony. Get involved by joining one of the book groups at your public or school library that are shadowing the award.
If you are not in a book group shadowing the award, you can still get involved by reading the shortlisted books, voting for your favourite book by World Book Day and attending the Award Ceremony.
If you’re not already a library member, it’s free and easy to join – come in for a first visit with a parent or carer so they can sign you up.

Find out about your nearest library and its staffed opening hours.


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