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Bucks Book Award Childrens Book Prize

The Buckinghamshire Children’s Book Award was launched in 2018 to promote the best books written for children and young adults that were published in the last 12 months. The aim of the Bucks Book Award is to inspire and empower young people to read more and to share their love of reading with others. We want to encourage reading for pleasure, independent choice, and wider reading habits.

WINNER 2021

Top marks for murder

Stevens, Robin ISBN: 9780241348383
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Top marks again for Robin Stevens: her excellent 1930s set crime series just gets better and better. After various adventures, schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are back at the boarding school they love, but almost before you can say ‘Agatha Christie’ a dormmate claims to have witnessed a murder, with sudden death striking in the heart of Deepdean School itself. As the plot unfolds, all sorts of tensions and insecurities come to light, and even the normally unassailable Daisy seems suddenly vulnerable. Scrupulously researched, carefully plotted and as good on friendships and family relationships as it is on clues and red herrings this is top quality reading.

- ANDREA REECE (LoveReading4Schools Reviewer)

SHORTLIST 2022

Cowell, Cressida ISBN: 9781444957136
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Landy, Derek ISBN: 9780008386290
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Springer, Nancy ISBN: 9781471408960
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Walliams, David ISBN: 9780008305833
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Studies have found that reading for pleasure is important for children’s intellectual development. Children who read books often at age 10 and more than once a week at age 16 gain higher results in maths, vocabulary and spelling tests at age 16 than those who read less regularly.