The Awesome Book Awards is a prize that honours the best new fiction authors for young readers aged between 7 and 10. It is an annual competition run by Cranleigh Schools. To be eligible for the 2021 award, titles had to be a UK-based author’s debut novel, suitable for able readers in the listed age group, appealing to both boys and girls, and available in paperback from May 2019. Thousands of pupils from schools across the South East read the whole shortlist and will then vote for their favourite overall.
It’s difficult to know who is the most beastly in this story. Is it Bethany, bullying her fellow orphans and vandalising precious works of art? Is it Ebeneezer Tweezer, willing to swap anything, even his much-loved cat Lord Tibbles, for everlasting youth? Or is it the Beast in the attic – huge, greedy, always hungry and totally without scruples? One thing’s for sure, when the three of them come together, the result is shockingly good! With the Beast demanding a child-sized meal and Ebeneezer suddenly feeling his age, things aren’t looking good for Bethany, but don’t write her off just yet, there’s room for all sorts of new friendships and lots of surprises! Witty, original, a feast from start to finish this is irresistible reading.
- Andrea Reece (LoveReading4Schools Reviewer)
The idea of The Awesome Book Awards came about in 2015 whilst discussing ways to inspire reading amongst Prep School aged children. Throughout this year, a team of fabulously creative and supportive colleagues from Cranleigh School and Cranleigh Prep School worked on the concept and the Awesome Book Awards was born.
The Awesome Book Awards is also about celebrating young readers. The wonder of watching a child absorbed in a book is a very heart-warming sight. Children who develop an early joy of reading will have the opportunity to travel to imaginary lands, experience imaginary adventures and share a whole host of imaginary friends.