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2015 Winner2015 Winner Announced!

The winner of the 2015 Phoenix Book Award is Rob Lloyd Jones's Wild Boy and the Black Terror.

Lambeth pupils voted on Election Day! They shortlisted the books, read and reviewed the shortlisted titles and on Election Day, 7th May 2015, these Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils came together to vote for their favourite and select the winner.

Congratulations to Rob, who has now won the Phoenix Book Award two years in a row!

For full details please see the News article below.

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Lambeth pupils vote for 2015 Winner on Election Day!


2015 Winner

Lambeth pupils voted on election day!

They shortlisted the books, read and reviewed the shortlisted titles and on election day 7th May 2015 these Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 pupils came together to vote for their favourite and select the winner:

Wild Boy and the Black Terror by Rob Lloyd Jones

Congratulations to Rob who has now won the Phoenix Award 2 years in a row!

This exciting and unique South London based Book Prize targets Year 5, 6, 7 and 8 pupils in Lambeth, encouraging them to read through the transition years.

Taking part this year were Public Library Chatterbooks groups, 3 primary schools and 9 secondary schools (Streatham Wells, Durand Primary, Streatham and Clapham High School Primary, La Retraite, Norwood, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Archbishop Tenison, London Nautical, Bishop Thomas Grant, City Heights, Lilian Baylis, Dunraven).

Pupils from 6 of the schools attended the finale event to discuss the books, meet one of the authors – Paul Bryers – and vote for their favourite. The verdict:

“the event was a brilliant success, fantastically organised and paced and the students enjoyed it enormously!”
Lilian Baylis Technology School

“such a wonderful event yesterday. Our students had a brilliant time - it is such a fantastic initiative to take part in. They were all especially pleased with their prizes.”
Norwood School

Paul Bryers confirms attendance at 2015 Finale, responds to being shortlisted

Paul Bryers has confirmed that he will be attending our 2015 Finale event.

Here is his response on on being a shortlist nominee:

"Delighted and honoured that Spooked - the Haunting of Kit Connelly has been shortlisted for the Phoenix Award - most particularly welcome to me because I've been welcomed at so many schools and libraries in Lambeth over the years."

Paul's agent posted the following message on their website (The BIA):

"THRILLED to announce that Spooked, the Haunting of Kit Connelly by Paul Bryers has been shortlisted by the wonderful librarians of Lambeth for the prestigious Lambeth Phoenix Book Award."

A Big Thank You

We would like to thank publishers for their submissions (see list below). Special thanks to Lori Tait from Bounce Sales and Marketing for organising collections and contacting publishers.

Publishers: Barrington Stoke, Boxer Books, Catnip, Chicken House, Gecko Press, Hachette, Hodder, Jane Nissen Books, Nosy Crow, Phoenix Book Yard, Pushkin Press, Walker Books

Pea Green Boat Books to take part in 2015 Finale Event

Pea Green Boat BooksPea Green Boat Books is delighted to take part in the Phoenix Book Awards at St Martins in the Fields School on 7th May 2015! To celebrate we will be offering 10% off all books by the shortlisted authors and previous Phoenix Award winners. Check the Finale Event information to find out which authors will be joining us to sign and personally dedicate their books.

Order shortlisted books at special rates from Dulwich Books

We are grateful to Dulwich Books for supplying the shortlisted books to participating schools for £20 per set of 4 titles. Please e-mail dulwichbooks@yahoo.co.uk or phone 020-8670-1920 and quote "Phoenix Award 2015".

2015 Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the 2015 Phoenix Book Award has just been announced. Please visit our website for full details.

2014 Winner Announced

The 2014 Phoenix Book Award has been won by Rob Lloyd Jones, author of Wild Boy. Rob was present at our Finale event at Archbishop Tenison School on 1st May 2014. Many congratulations to Rob! A photo of Rob receiving his award can be found on our photos page.

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2015 Finale Event

The 2015 Phoenix Book Award Finale event took place at St Martin-in-the-Fields School on Election Day, 7th May 2015. See our News section for the announcement of the winner, and our Photos page for a selection of photos from the event!

2015 Phoenix Book Award Finale Event

Cool Ideas

  • Write a review here on the website
  • Design a film poster/advert for the book
  • Write a diary entry for one of the characters
  • Interview one of the characters
  • Research the author on the internet and prepare a presentation for the class

About the Award

The Phoenix Book Award promotes reading for pleasure among Year 5 & 6 and Key Stage 3 pupils in the London Borough of Lambeth. Inaugurated in 2007 by the Network of Educational Librarians in Lambeth (NELL), it is open to all schools in the Lambeth area. For further information contact Karen Hans, Lambeth Lead Librarian.

Pupils from City Heights and St Martins in the Fields School for Girls had the responsibility of selecting and voting for books from a longlist of titles to become this year's shortlist nominees. The winner will be announced on 7th May 2015 at the finale event, being held this year at St Martin-in-the-Fields School.