Winning Book announced, Pupils enjoy trip on London Eye
:: Southwark, July 2008
Final celebratory events were held throughout the last week or so of the summer term in each participating secondary school. Each one joined with their local primaries in quizzes, presentations, prize givings and competitions, with each group of schools eagerly awaiting the final results of their voting.
100 pupils from local primary schools joined with 75 students from Year 7 at the City of London Academy in a communal cheer when the winning book in this year's Southwark Book Award was announced in last week's celebration event.
The London Eye Mystery beat Counting on Leroy into second place with a massive 199 votes to 182. Winning student Amber from Year 7 received her Golden Ticket, having worked hard this half term reading and reviewing the 6 shortlisted books. Other students took part in videos, quizzes and a "Who wants to be a millionaire" style book challenge.
The morning included a talk from shortlisted author Pete Johnson (The Bad Spy's Guide) who signed dozens of books for pupils from Eveline Lowe, Alma, and Southwark Park primaries as well as keen Year 7 readers from the City of London Academy.
On Wednesday 16th July all 18 winners from each participating school gathered to enjoy their prize - a ride on the real London Eye itself, very generously provided by the London Eye Company Limited.
Each pupil also received their own personal copy of the book itself, provided by our suppliers the Kent Book Company, who have been very helpful in supplying us not only with the books provided for every school involved in the Award, but also eye-catching publicity, posters and prizes.
Local MP Simon Hughes took time out from his busy schedule and popped across the river from the House of Commons to congratulate our keen readers.
Photos from the lucky winners' day out on the London Eye can be seen in our Photo Gallery.