Congratulations to Bali Rai, winner of this year’s North East Teenage Book Award with Killing Honour.
A Highly Commended award was also made to Phil Earle for his debut novel, Being Billy.
The awards were made at a special event at the Centre for Life on Friday attended by all the shortlisted authors and 200+ teenage judges. It was a fantastic author line-up this year and each had a very different, thought-provoking story to tell.
In his acceptance speech Bali Rai talked about the myth that young people don’t read any more, the vital importance of allowing teenagers to make their own reading choices and respecting them enough not to censor what they read. Avid readers, like our NETBA judges, are crucial to keeping school libraries open – and at the heart of the school.
Thanks to the Centre for Life for hosting, to Seven Stories for a great bookshop, to the authors for coming to meet their fans, to the publishers for their support and to the schools who made it happen.
Let us know what you thought the event – and the books – and send in any photos for the Gallery. You could win a prize.
We’re already looking forward to next year’s NETBA – what have you read that should be on the shortlist? Let us know!