News 2017

Carnegie Book Award

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

On the 19th June 2017 the winner of The Clip Carnegie Medal was announced as Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.

49-year-old music manager turned novelist Ruta Sepetys wins the CILIP Carnegie Medal for the first time, a New York Times-bestselling novel that explores the events leading up to the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, the worst maritime disaster in history in which over 9,000 people, mainly refugees, perished. The daughter of a Lithuanian refugee, with a family connection to the disaster, Ruta spent three years researching the book, walking the path of some of those refugees who saw the boat as their salvation but who ultimately lost their lives.

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The Oxfordshire Book Awards 2017

Oxfordshire book awards

On the 9th of November the school Book Club alongside 10 students from Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School went off for a wonderful literary afternoon at The Oxfordshire Book Awards. This year the ceremony was once again hosted at Oxford High School and the place was packed with hundreds of very excited young book lovers from across the county. After having read the books from the long list and then voted for their favourites on the short list, the students could not wait to meet the winners. Amongst the authors the two star attractions were Jo Cotterill who one Best Secondary book with her amazing Library of Lemons novel and David Baddiel who the Best Primary book category for The Person Controller. Both Jo and David really engaged with the audience having everyone up and hugging and laughing out loud as they read from their books. The students also had wonderful presentations from The Story time museum and some authors nominated from next year’s long list.

After the ceremony the students all piled into the school canteen where they were treated to cake and drink. They also got to meet the authors who had attended the event, which they all enjoyed doing immensely especially as it meant that they went away with their books signed. There was a wonderful book stall from the lovely team at Blackwell’s who provide a great service each year and who also donate books to all state secondary schools involved in the scheme.

Our Book Club all had a great afternoon and have already made a start on reading the new books on next year’s long list. They will vote again next January for their favourites to be added to the short list. We only usually get to take 10 lucky students and as we have now many more than that attending each Monday’s Book Club, all will be keen to be picked.

We had great feedback from the students from Our Lady of Lourdes primary school  who have joined up again for this year, alongside for the first time Blake Primary, Ducklington C of E Primary, St Mary’s C of E Infant School and Finstock Primary. We very much look forward to working with these local primary schools to make sure their experience of the OBA’s is as positive as our own students.