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‘Cosmic’ wins this year’s West Sussex Children’s Book Award

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

‘Cosmic’ wins this year’s West Sussex Children’s Book Award

Author Frank Cottrell Boyce must feel ‘out of this world’ at winning the West Sussex Children’s Book Award 2010/2011, with his book ‘Cosmic’.

The world famous writer, whose previous children’s books include ‘Millions’ and ‘Framed’, was named as the winner of the award today (Thursday March 3), which is also World Book Day.

The story is set around Liam, an unusually tall 12-year-old boy, whose favourite word is ‘cosmic’.

Much to his amazement, Liam wins a ‘Best Dad’ contest and finds himself training to be an astronaut for a rocket trip to the moon, accompanied by a celebrity-obsessed classmate posing as his daughter. It’s a fast-moving funny book for all ages.

It took 750 pupils from 75 West Sussex schools, who have been involved in the Book Award project since last September, to decide the winner from nine shortlisted books.

The Award, now in its ninth year, is a partnership between the Schools Library Service, County Library Service, and the learning department of Adults and Children’s Services.

Deborah Urquhart, County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Libraries, said: “Cosmic gives a great insight into the responsibilities of fatherhood, and with the author being a father of seven, he had much experience to bring to the book.

“It has already received much national accolade, including being shortlisted for Blue Peter’s ‘Book I couldn’t put down Award’, the Guardian’s Children’s Fiction Prize and the Carnegie Medal.

“West Sussex Children’s Book Award encourages year six primary school children and year seven secondary school pupils to join together and discuss some of the best fiction for young people.”

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

Albourne CE Primary

All Saints CE Primary School, Horsham

Arunside Primary, Horsham

Ashurst Wood Primary

Bewbush Primary, Crawley

Birchwood Grove Primary, Burgess Hill

Bishop Tufnell CE Junior, Felpham

Blackthorns Primary, Lindfield

Blackwell Primary, East Grinstead

Bognor Regis Community College

Castlewood Primary, Southwater

Chatsmore Catholic High, Worthing

Chichester High School For Boys

Chichester High School For Girls

Desmond Anderson Primary School

Downlands Community School, Hassocks

Downview Primary, Felpham

East Wittering Primary

Edward Bryant Primary, Bognor Regis

English Martyrs Catholic Primary, Worthing

Escots Primary, East Grinstead

Felpham Community College

Georgian Gardens Primary, Rustington

Gossops Green Primary, Crawley

Hazelwick School, Crawley

Hilltop Primary School, Crawley

Holy Trinity CE Secondary School, Crawley

Jolesfield CE Primary

Kingsham Primary, Chichester

Kingslea Primary, Horsham

Laburnum Grove Junior, Bognor Regis

Lavant Primary

Leechpool Primary, Horsham

Lindfield Primary

London Mead Primary, Burgess Hill

Manor Field Primary, Burgess Hill

Michael Ayres Junior, Bognor Regis

Millais School, Horsham

Milton Mount Primary, Crawley

North Heath Primary, Horsham

North Mundham Primary School

Northgate Primary, Crawley

Northlands Wood Primary, Haywards Heath

Nyewood Junior, Bognor Regis

Oakmeeds Community College, Burgess Hill

Oathall Community College, Haywards Heath

Parklands Primary, Chichester

Portfield Primary, Chichester

Pound Hill Junior, Crawley

Rose Green Junior, Bognor Regis

Sackville School, East Grinstead

Seymour Primary School, Crawley

Sheddingdean Primary, Burgess Hill

Sidlesham Primary

South Bersted CE Primary, Bognor Regis

Southgate Primary School, Crawley

St Andrew’s CE Primary, Steyning

St John The Baptist CE Primary, Findon

St John’s Catholic Primary, Horsham

St Lawrence CE Primary, Hurstpierpoint

St Margaret’s CE Primary, Angmering

St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Worthing

St Peter’s CE Primary, Henfield

Steyning Grammar School

Tanbridge House School, Horsham

Tangmere Primary

The Angmering School

The Meads Primary, East Grinstead

The Oaks Primary, Crawley

Thomas Bennett Community College, Crawley

Three Bridges Junior, Crawley

Upper Beeding Primary

Warnham CE Primary

Waterfield Primary, Crawley

Windmills Junior School, Hassocks