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2012 Winner Announced

The winner of the 2012 Southwark Book Award is Liz Pichon's The Brilliant World of Tom Gates. → More Details

Welcome to the Southwark Book Award Website

Set up in 2007, the Southwark Book Award is a reading project for Year 6 and Year 7 pupils in the Southwark area of London. All primary and secondary schools in the area are entitled to participate, as are members of the popular "Chatterbooks" reading groups. The schools taking part this year are listed on the About the Award page.

2012 Winner

The winner of both the Critics' Choice Award and the overall vote 2012 is The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon. Southwark readers found they could relate well to Tom's life, thought the story was really funny and loved Tom's doodles on the pages. Well done to everyone who participated in this year's award.

View photos from Critics' Choice Award Event

The shortlist this year included a wide variety of books to suit all tastes - just scroll down to the "virtual bookshelf" at the bottom of this page to see the books, or visit the Shortlist page to find out more about them.

Students at Southwark schools can still write reviews on the website which can then be read by all visitors to the site.

Last Year's Results

  • Big Nate - WINNER - 196 votes
  • Now - 81 votes
  • Help! I'm trapped in my best friend's nose - 79 votes
  • How Ali Ferguson Saved Houdini - 51 votes
  • Time Train to the Blitz - 38 votes
  • Street Heroes - 35 votes

Lily on Shadow:

I enjoyed this book despite not being a book I would choose to read. Just by reading it from different view points ( Matt, Aman etc ) I could easily understand how every character was feeling to make ...


Animoto 2012