Birmingham award scheme has the X-factor

By on 12/01/2010 in News

An award scheme that promotes reading among Key Stage Three pupils across Birmingham with an exciting X-Factor style weekly vote has now entered its sixth year.

The polls have now opened for the 2010 KS3 Escapes Book Award, with organisers looking to build on a huge 2009 success story.

Fourteen books have been shortlisted for this year's award and pupils aged 11-14 from 82 schools across the city will cast their votes to decide the ultimate winner in March.

The shortlisted titles are championed by schools across the city, with pupils now producing podcasts and presentations campaigning for votes.

Last year over 11,000 youngsters voted for their favourites as the KS3 Chills Book Award was won by Scared to Death by Alan Gibbons - a book championed by Turves Green Boys School

This year the shortlisted titles are:

  • Escape from Genopolis by T E Berry-Hart
  • Prisoner in Alcatraz by Theresa Breslin
  • Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin
  • Broken Glass by Sally Grindley
  • The book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
  • The Black Book of Secrets by F E Higgins
  • The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd
  • Blood Ties by Sophie McKenzie
  • Roxy's Baby by Cathy MacPhail
  • The Declaration by Gemma Malley
  • The Escape by Robert Muchamore
  • The Parliament of Blood by Justin Richards
  • Grave Dirt by E E Richardson
  • Malice by Chris Wooding

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said: “This award scheme has been a hit with pupils across Birmingham in recent years and it's extremely encouraging to see that so many of the city's youngsters still enjoy reading.

“We're regularly told that young people simply do not read but this award scheme engages our young people, encouraging a love of reading and I'm sure this year's competition will be more successful than ever.

“Hopefully the pupils who take part in this award scheme will continue to enjoy the pleasures of reading for the rest of their lives.”

Log onto the Award website ( for more information about this year's competition.


For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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