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Author Tom Becker, a previous winner of the award

Still time for county teens to vote for their top reads

Staffordshire’s Library Chief is urging the county’s teenage book lovers not to miss out on voting for their favourite read.

The Young Teen Fiction Awards is an annual book award, designed to encourage the county’s young people to enjoy reading books and share their enthusiasm with others.

Now in its twelfth year, the countywide initiative invites youngsters aged between 11 and 14 to nominate their favourite reads for the Young Teen Fiction shortlist .

The county council’s Schools’ Library Service has been busy ensuring new books have been sent into schools, across Staffordshire, to enable youngsters to access the best teen fiction published in the last year.

Staffordshire’s Library Chief, County Councillor Gill Heath said that in today’s teenage world, books have to compete with all manner of digital distractions and entertainments for the attention of our young people.

Gill said:

We’ve always recognised how important it is to promote a love of reading in children of all ages, to raise standards and help the county’s youngsters to become effective, independent learners.

Both the Schools’ Library Service and public libraries play a crucial role in supporting these awards each year.

School children have been nominating their favourite reads since September 2015. The short list of six teen titles was announced in February, and since then voting has moved online.

Youngsters can still vote online for their top teen title until 12pm on Monday 4 July 2016.

The six shortlisted titles are:

• Big Game – Dan Smith
• 13 hours – Narinder Dhami
• Mind Games – Teri Terry
• Grandpa’s Great Escape – David Walliams
• Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School – Jeff Kinney
• The Wolf Wilder – Katherine Rundell

1,144 young people across the county took part in last year’s competiton, voting Girl Online by Zoe Sugg their winning title.

Gill Heath added:

I’m urging our passionate young bookworms not to miss out on voting for their favourite new fiction on the short list.

It’s up to the young people themselves to vote for their favourite, this is their choice and their award.

A fantastic Celebration Day for 2016 is planned on Tuesday 5 July at The Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford, where six Staffordshire schools will be invited to give a special performance to represent one of the shortlisted books.

Special guest speakers for the Celebration Day will be top teen authors Virginia Bergin (author of the Rain/H2O series) and YTF 2016 shortlisted author Dan Smith, whose book “Big Game” has just been made into a major new film.

Celebration Day 2016 is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

For more information on the Staffordshire Young Teen Fiction Awards, please visit the website at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/ytf