17 May 2019

A group of Guiseley School students attended the Leeds Civic Hall on Thursday, to meet the shortlisted authors of this year’s Leeds Book Awards and to hear the announcement of the winners of each category. Students have been reading shortlisted books from either the 11-14 or 14-16 categories since December and have had the opportunity to discuss and vote for the one they wanted to win.  The Leeds Book Awards is organised by Leeds Public Library services.

At the event were authors such as Candy Gourlay, Dave Shelton and Melvin Burgess, but it was two not as well-known authors that won. Steve Tasane, a performance poet, won the 11-14 category. His book ‘Child I’ is about undocumented refugee children, who are trying to survive in a refugee camp. Mel Darbon won the 14-16 category with her debut novel ‘Rosie loves Jack’, a story about a Down syndrome teenager, who runs away from home to find her boyfriend. Both the winning books had created much discussion before the ceremony. ‘Child I’ was the Guiseley group’s second choice, their top choice was 'Extinction Trials' by SM Wilson, whilst 'Rosie loves Jack' was not as popular. The group preferred 'Red Rabbit, White Wolf' by Tom Pollock.