Blue Peter Book Awards

HJerok blue-peter-logo-2015The enormously popular and influential Blue Peter Book Awards have been recognising and celebrating the best authors, the most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children since 2000.

The 2016 Awards will celebrate children’s books published in the last year in two categories: Best Story and Best Book with Facts. There will be three shortlisted books for each award chosen by our panel of judges and announced on Blue Peter on 3 December 2015. More than 200 children from 10 schools across the UK will then read the shortlisted books and vote for their favourites in each category. The two winning books will be announced on the Blue Peter programme scheduled for World Book Day on 3 March 2016.

But today, Herok are taking a look at one of this year’s winning books: for Blue Peter Book Awards Best Story; The Spy Who Loved School Dinners by Pamela Butchart.

Reading Age: 8+ and Interest level: 8+

Herok spy-who-loved-school-dinnersThe Spy Who Loved School Dinners
By Pamela Butchart
Illustrated by Thomas Flintham
Publisher: Nosy Crow

Izzy is really excited to be picked to look after the new girl, Mathilde, but the new girl isn’t quite what Izzy and her friends were expecting. Firstly, she’s tall. Very tall. And her hair is short. Very short. But stranger still, she LOVES school dinners. No one likes school dinners. There’s only one explanation… the new girl is a SPY!

Packed full of hilarity, excitement and fun, The Spy Who Loved School Dinners stands out from the bookshelves. The diary-style narrative and its use of capital letters for emphasis can be a bit distracting at times, but the story’s engaging plot, simple illustrations and short chapters make it the perfect school adventure story for all young readers.

More than 200 children from schools all over the UK voted for ‘The Spy Who Loved School Dinners’ to be crowned ‘Best Story’ for 2015, and Herok thinks it sounds pretty exciting!

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