Accrington Academy students are turning literary critics to support 2019’s Lancashire Book of the Year (LBY).
The longest running young people’s regional book award in the country, LBY remains one of the few book awards in which young people themselves are solely responsible for choosing both the shortlist and the overall winning book.
The award is voted for by Year 9 students in high schools across the county, with each school given a collection of books, submitted by publishers as being the best they have produced for the 12-14 age group.
And the process of picking a winner began last week, with Accrington Library hosting specially selected students from the academy and other schools across the region to meet and discuss the merits of the books entered. This will be followed by further meetings between now and June, before the overall winner is announced on 5th July at a special event held at the University of Lancashire.
Representing Accrington Academy in the first round of voting were Daisy Moreton, Samuel Cristoforo and Jessica Clarke.
Commenting on the competition, Accrington Academy’s Headteacher James Kerfoot said:
“This is the third year that we have taken part in Lancashire Book of the Year and as a school committed to providing our students with an education with character, we’re delighted to be once again taking part.”