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Trinity Schools Book Award 2018/19

Updated: Sep 12, 2018

The Six Book Challenge

On Tuesday 18th January at 4pm in the school library we will be meeting to present this year’s Trinity Schools Book Award (TSBA) scheme. All pupils in years 6-8 looking for a stronger reading commitment are encouraged to attend. Over the summer we were delighted to hear that many pupils have already read at least two of the six books involved which at the moment are amongst the most borrowed items in the library.


To complete our ‘Six Book Challenge’ with the theme ‘Secrets and Lies’ all the novels must be read by mid-January. The TSBA also has a competition section where pupils write reviews and produce a creative response to one of the books. In the past pupils have baked cakes, written alternative endings, composed music and designed maps inspired by the book choices.


Last year the TSBA was won by Sarah Govett’s fabulous dystopian novel The Territory, and in the pupil competition Emanuel won three of the six main prizes with some stunning contributions. Three of the shortlisted authors Sarah Govett, Elizabeth Laird and Gemma Malley later visited us for talks.


Numbers permitting, pupils who read all six books will have the opportunity to attend the TSBA ceremony next March at Caterham School, participate in a panel discussion and meet the authors who are able to attend.


Six books:

  • Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling (tale of witchcraft and mystery, set in the period of Elizabeth I)

  • Ink by Alice Broadway (dystopian thriller about a society culturally based around tattooing)

  • The Lie tree by Frances Hardinge (supernatural thriller about a tree with mysterious powers)

  • I am thunder by Mohammad Khan (contemporary drama dealing with extremism in a secondary school)

  • The boy who Lied by Kim Slater (memory loss and the disappearance of a child make a great thriller)

  • Auslander by Paul Dowswell (a Jewish boy hides his identify in Nazi Germany)

If a pupil is not able to attend the meeting on the 18th this does not exclude them from the TSBA scheme and they are still very welcome to participate in our ‘Six Book Challenge’.

Should you require further information please contact Mr Jones in the library or Mr Healy from the English department.


Mr Jones (Senior Librarian)

Above: Elizabeth Laird's visit to Emanuel last year

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