YOUNG bookworms, from across the borough, have voted for their favourite author at this year’s Children’s Book Awards.
Three finalists were invited to an awards ceremony, at Solihull Arts Complex, on Tuesday afternoon.
Children put their questions to the authors and presented a trophy to winning writer Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Youngsters had been impressed by the author’s latest tale, Cosmic - the story of a young boy who trains to become an astronaut.
“Receiving this award is better than flying in a rocket, he told the audience. “And you’re all stars!”
Speaking to the Solihull News afterwards, he said how pleased he was with the award and also the questions from the children.
“There were some very good questions,” he said. “Solihull youngsters are very sharp.”
Also short-listed were Andrew Norriss, for Ctrl-Z, and Maya Snow, for Sisters of the Sword: The Warrior’s Path.
Awards were also handed out to schoolchildren who had written the best reviews of the shortlisted titles.
Mayor of Solihull, Norman Davies, was at the Arts Complex to congratulate the youngsters.
Now in its sixth year, the Children’s Book Awards are organised by Solihull libraries, and were sponsored by ASDA, Chelmsley Wood.
Margaret Hemming, one of the organisers, said that voting was particularly close this year.