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2015 Shortlist Announced

The 2015 shortlist has been announced.→ View Details of Shortlist

Welcome to the Southwark Book Award Website

Dulwich Books offering special discount on shortlist

Dulwich Books (phone 020 8670 1920 or email dulwichbooks(аt) are supplying this year's shortlisted books to participating schools for £27.00 for all five, representing a discount of 25%. Thank you to Sheila and the team for this excellent offer! Please contact Dulwich Books directly if you wish to order the books.

Forbidden FriendsWinner of the Southwark Book Award 2014

Forbidden Friends by Anne-Marie Conway

Here's what you had to say about this fantastic book:

"The book is very tearful, warming, sweet and mysterious"

"This book was touching, heart-warming and very enjoyable to read. I managed to finish it within a few hours - I literally couldn't put the book down!"

"It kept me in suspense wanting to read on and when I eventually got to the end I was sad to leave these characters who were now like my friends."

Thank you to everyone who read the books, wrote reviews and voted. We hope you enjoyed it!

A Dog Called HomelessWinner of the Southwark Book Award 2013

A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean

What the reviewers said: "Sad and full of emotion", "A book that shows how special friends can heal hearts", "It left a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart"

The One and Only IvanWinner of the Critics' Choice Award (judged by a panel of specially selected young readers)

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

What the reviewers said: "Very sad and funny, and also fascinating", "This book made me realise that everyone is similar in some way even if you are not the same species", "I really enjoyed this book and was reading it every night after school"

Thank you to all the children, young people, schools, librarians and teachers who took part in this year’s award. And of course thank you to all the shortlisted authors for writing such wonderful books.

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.

The shortlist this year includes 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 write reviews on the website which can then be read by all visitors to the site.

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

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