Ghost Boys was the winner of the 2022 Trinity Schools Book Awards, under the Theme Title ‘Take Two’. It was a hugely popular winner, and Jewell Parker Rhodes was thrilled that her book about Black Lives Matter was the winner of the Award, voted as winner by all the students who took part.
Check out the Creative Responses (Google Slides) from students – both the prize-winners and many other inspiring examples!
Click on the link above to download our wonderful award-winning book reviews!
To take part in the 2023 Awards, contact Tamsin Farthing and ask for details.
Our new Award features our absolute favourites from previous years, which didn’t win the Award. We thought we would like to give them a second go, so 2022 is all about these wonderful books. If you have taken part in all of our Awards, you may enjoy reading old favourites; if you haven’t, you are in for a treat! None of these books are second best – they are all top favourites of ours!
We were delighted to award the 2021 Trinity Schools Book Award to Susin Nielsen for this wonderful story about homelessness. Although Susin couldn’t join us live for the Ceremony at Ibstock Place School as she was on set filming, she recorded a wonderful and heartfelt message of thanks to all the students who had read and loved her book enough to vote it the winner in a very strong shortlist.
The online Ceremony, held at Ibstock Place School, was ably put together by their librarian, Helen Cleaves. We had an excellent Q&A with all the authors who ‘attended’ the ceremony, with pupils submitting the questions beforehand. We had some very tantalising glimpses into the writer’s dens and methods of working, and some hints about next books due to come out soon.
Always a highlight of the Trinity Schools Book Award is it’s unique focus on creative responses to books, and we saw some amazing examples of the work that students produced for this shortlist. They will be up on the website shortly.
Everyone at the ceremony enjoyed themselves, and we look forward to next years Awards. The new shortlist will be revealed shortly.
We are very excited to announce that we have a fabulous line of of authors for our students to ‘meet’ in the Ceremony later on today. We have Sharna Jackson, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Kenneth Oppel, Bali Rai and Victoria Williamson! The lucky attendees will be able to question the authors after the announcement of the winning author (can’t wait for that!), and then at the end of the Ceremony they will get a sneak preview of next year’s theme and books as well!
We have taken the decision to postpone the usual date of our Ceremony, which takes place in March every year. This is to help everyone who has had to close over this period, and who are having trouble in getting books into the hands of their readers. The Ceremony will be a digital only one this year, and will now take place on Wednesday May 26th at 4.15. It will be streamed from Ibstock Place School.
The deadline for votes and for Creative submissions has also changed accordingly, and this new date will be Friday 19th March.
Enjoy the extra time you have for reading!
This year, our theme is all about what it means to be human in this strange new reality of ours
The 2020 Trinity Schools Book Award was awarded on Thursday 12 March to Penny Joelson for her debut novel I Have No Secrets before an audience of around 200 pupils from schools across London and the South East and fellow authors Tanya Landman, Andrew Norriss and Nicky Singer. Students from 30 schools took part this year, voting for their favourite book from a shortlist of six with the theme Stand Up, Speak Out. Unusually, I Have No Secrets is narrated by a teenage girl with severe cerebral palsy, who is incapable of speech or independent movement, but nevertheless uses intelligence, courage and determination to expose a crime and apprehend its perpetrator. Penny Joelson herself was not able to attend the Ceremony at the last minute due to illness, but the Award was accepted on her behalf by one of her editors.
The Trinity Schools Book Award not only encourages young people to read and discuss good quality contemporary literature, but also asks them to review and, uniquely, to respond creatively to the shortlisted books. The creative responses received this year – ranging from 3D models, poetry, paintings, cakes and songs to both computer and board games, puppets and films –demonstrated incredible imagination and inventiveness. Many of the contributions were showcased at Thursday’s Award Ceremony, hosted by City of London School in the heart of the City. David Rose, Senior Librarian at CLS, said: “It is often said that young people no longer read, but the enthusiasm with which students have engaged with this year’s shortlisted books and the many ways that they have been inspired to respond to them gives the lie to that statement. The books on the shortlist encouraged debate about the importance of speaking out, through historical, contemporary and futuristic plots.”
Now in its sixth year, the TSBA was launched by librarians from 22 independent senior schools in the Trinity group, with the aim to celebrate quality writing in both new and older fiction. The TSBA Committee determines a theme each year and shortlists books nominated by librarians. Participation now extends beyond the group to any interested secondary school. Children from the ages of 11 to 14 read the shortlisted books through the Autumn and Spring terms and cast their votes in February to determine the winner. The student competitions for the best book reviews and best creative response run alongside the main book awards.
The full shortlist was:
The Ones That Disappeared – Zana Fraillon (Orion Children’s)
I Have No Secrets – Penny Joelson (Egmont)
Beyond the Wall – Tanya Landman (Walker)
Mike – Andrew Norriss (David Fickling)
Ghost Boys – Jewell Parker Rhodes (Orion Children’s)
The Survival Game – Nicky Singer (Hodder Children’s)
Next year’s theme and shortlist will be announced in June.