History of the Awards

The awards were launched in September 2016, with the shortlist of the following books:

Time Travelling with a Hamster

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow

Beetle Boy

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot

The Imagination Box

Between September 2016 and April 2017, hundreds of pupils from 44 participating schools read the books from the shortlist. In April 2017, they ranked the books that they had read. Their favourite choice was given five points, 2nd favourite four points and so on. The winner of the Awesome Book Awards 2017 was Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford.

Ross Welford, winner of the 2017 Awesome Book AwardsI was surprised and delighted to be shortlisted and even happier to have won. The shortlist was impressive. Writing can be a lonely job and awards like these are really important for us to hear from our readers what they thought and for us to meet fellow authors