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Reading awards for secondary school students

Published on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

SECONDARY school students will meet authors and be presented with awards to recognise their commitment to reading at a celebration event tomorrow.

The event – held at the Leicester Tigers’ ground – will celebrate the success of this year’s Reading Rampage campaign, which aims to inspire and motivate young people aged 11-13 to read for pleasure.

It takes place on Thursday (14 June) from 9am-1pm. Thirteen secondary schools will attend, sending more than 170 students to the event.

Reading Rampage is organised by Whatever It Takes, the city-wide reading initiative, with support from the city council’s libraries service.

As part of Reading Rampage, secondary schools were given a shortlist of 20 books for students in years 7 and 8 to read.

Nine authors of shortlisted books will attend the event on Thursday to talk to students about their work – Daniel Blythe, Anna Claybourne, Karen David, Ross Montgomery, Andy Mulligan, Chris Priestly, Ali Sparkes, Dan Walker and Tamsin Winter.

The event will also feature a video premiere of the reading of a specially-created poem devised by local teacher Marcus Joseph and artist Owen Craven-Griffiths.

The poem is based on the novel ‘Booked’ by Kwame Alexander, which is one of the shortlisted books for Reading Rampage. It’s an extraordinary tale of a 12-year-old football fanatic, and the novel is written entirely in verse.

Students will be presented with awards before their favourite book from the shortlist is revealed, at 12pm, by Cllr Sarah Russell, deputy city mayor for children, young people and schools.

Cllr Russell said: “As young people have to read more for school, some of them stop reading for pleasure. Reading rampage reminds our young people of the joy, adventure and escape we can all find in a good book.”

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