World Book Day - Highfields' Book Awards

To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 5 March, Year 9 English students have reviewed and voted for their top six favourite books, which have been awarded under the following categories:

  • Gripping Read
  • Would Read Again
  • Out of this World
  • Big Wide World
  • Laugh Out Loud
  • Serious about Series

'Gripping Read'

We have chosen ‘The Hunting Ground’ as the Gripping Read Award as it is in the Gothic Horror genre. It is about two people who move into a ‘haunted’ house. 

An old woman is seeing Ghosts and the young boy, Elliott, is worried and scared. They find an old diary and a series of unfortunate events start to unfold from that moment onwards. If you want the hairs on the back of your neck to stick up, this is the book for you.



'Would Read Again'

We have chosen ‘Candor’ for the Would Read Again Award. It is a romance novel and is extremely gripping. 

A boy’s father is evil and brainwashes the whole city apart from his son. When one day a young girl moves into the city the boy falls in love, he thinks she is perfect and loves her for herself, but will he risk everything to make sure she stays intact?


'Out of This World'

We have chosen ‘The Hobbit’ for the Out of This World Award. It is about a man named Bilbo Baggins who has gone on a twisting adventure into the unknown and soon finds himself saying and doing things he never imagined he would. 

Baggins is a Hobbit, he enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life. However, his happiness is disturbed… Will Bilbo enjoy his next journey or will he despise it from the moment it starts? Find out by reading this fantastic novel.


'Big Wide World'

For the Big Wide World Award we have nominated ‘Les Miserables’ by Victor Hugo. 

It is about the adventure of Jean Valjean, who is trying to put his criminal past behind him and how he faces the tough world, from the eve of the battle of waterloo in the French society to the July revolution of 1830. This is by far a fantastic Novel.


'Laugh Out Loud'

We have chosen ‘The Further Adventures Of An Idiot Abroad’ for the LOL Award because it can make you laugh so hard you cry! Karl Pilkington goes on adventures and tries different tasks to see how difficult, easy, or funny each task is…  

On his journey Karl makes mistakes, but instead of being ashamed he wrote them down into a book for everyone else to laugh at. If you want to laugh so hard your stomach hurts, then this is the book for you.


'Serious About Series'

We have chosen ‘Noughts and Crosses’ for the Serious About Series Award as it is a tough love novel about two people who come from two very different families, but who want to be together. 

The two families share hatred against each other, but will they overcome that hatred for the sake of love? If you want to read an exciting series of books, we suggest you read this series.

World Book Day £1 Books

World Book Day aims to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading. Every year, ten exclusive World Book Day £1 books are published. That's right, they are just £1!

We have listed below the two books which have been specially selected for teens: 

Geek Girl: Geek Drama  by Holly Smale  Read description...

Geek Girl: Geek Drama by Holly Smale
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Killing the Dead  by Marcus Sedgwick  Read description...

Killing the Dead by Marcus Sedgwick
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Posted on March 4, 2015 .