Redbridge Children’s Book Award 2020 • Vision RCL

Redbridge Children’s Book Award 2020


Every year Redbridge Schools Library service (SLS) involves  14 secondary schools, 16 primary schools and over 200 students in the Redbridge Children’s Book Award.  Despite the closure of schools due to COVID 19, Redbridge  SLS was determined to keep these young readers and literary critics engaged.  The SLS manager along with Redbridge teachers  has have been busy encouraging students to read and vote for their favourite Teen novel and favourite Children’s novel even though it has had to be done remotely. 

Today, Redbridge Schools Library Service is delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Redbridge Children’s Book Award.

The Star Outside my Window
by Onjali Q. Rauf

A girl runs away from her foster home to get to the Royal Observatory of London to try and name a newly discovered star after her mother who was murdered by her father.

“I’ve always wanted to be a Star Hunter. Grown-ups call them astronomers, but I think Star Hunter sounds much better. I was going to become one when I finished school, but I can’t wait that long any more. You see, I have to find my mum.

Everyone says she’s gone, but I know that’s not true – I know she’s turned into a star. She’s breaking all the rules of the universe to find me again. And I’m going to break all the rules I know to help her do it.”

Watch a video of the author, Onjali Rauf, talking about her book

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
by Holly Jackson

A girl finds herself in danger when she uncovers hidden secrets about a historic murder that happened in her town five years ago.

The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. Almost everyone.

Having grown up in the small town that was consumed by the crime, Pippa Fitz-Amobi chooses the case as the topic for her final project. But when Pip starts uncovering secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden, what starts out as a project begins to become Pip’s dangerous reality.

Watch a video of the author, Holly Jackson, talking about her book.

Huge congratulations to both winners.

About Redbridge Schools Library Service

Redbridge SLS is run by experienced qualified librarians. Our mission is to be a catalyst for learning by providing teachers and schools with the ideas, research and resources they need to deliver positive outcomes for pupils.

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