FAB Book Awards

25 May 2011 - 11:29am
Category: College Life

Author Alyxandra Harvey was presented with the 2011 FAB book award and talked to Wandsworth students who had voted in the awards about how she goes about writing her books. Canadian Harvey was in London to launch her latest book, Haunting Violet and took time out of a busy schedule to attend the event held in her honour at Ashcroft Technology College.


FAB Alyaxndra Harvey


"I love to write about vampires because of the historical aspect and the fact they could exist in any time through history," Alyxandra Harvey told the audience. "I dont think vampires are real but because there are so many different versions of them throughout history I think there has to be something in them."

The Fabulous Book Award (or FAB) for short has been devised by Wandsworth School Librarians to encourage students across the borough to read a selection of books they have chosen and vote for the book they think is the best.

Last December students voted for the books that went on to the FAB shortlist. They included:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid- The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney

My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey

Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith

Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Students then had the chance to read the books on the shortlist and members of the FAB Book Club at Ernest Bevin met once a week to discuss the books they had read. Overall it was a good experience and encouraged the boys to read some books that traditionally appealed to girls rather than boys because of their subject matter or book jacket.

"This book should win because even though the title suggests it is a love story, it is not just that and because Vampires are very popular at the moment." Said Aaron in Year 8.

Students from Ernest Bevin and other Wandsworth secondary schools attended an event held in March where the winner was announced. At this event British author Alexander Gordon Smith told students about why he chose to write horror stories for young people.

The organisers were pleased to arrange another event to coincide with the winning author's trip to London. Students who had read many of the books on the long and short list were able to quiz both authors about what had inspired them to write and the techniques they used to write best sellers.


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