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World War 1 Book Competition

Back in the autumn term all the secondary schools and one of their feeder primary schools were asked to take part in an exciting book competition. Authors had been invited to send in a story based around World War 1 and a short list of three books were chosen.

Each secondary school identified a group of S1, or S2, pupils to read the 3 shortlisted  titles and once the pupils had read all three texts, they visited their  primary school in your cluster to talk about the books to one or two P5, 6 or 7 classes. They told the children each of the stories and read a short extract from each manuscript.

We took along 6 S1 pupils to Sidlaw View Primary and Kaela Fraser, Corrie Cunningham, Skye McGregorm, Megan Davidson, Rebecca Ogilvie and Lucy Park did a fantastic job telling the pupils all about the books.   

Sidlaw View pupils were then asked design book jackets for the books and these entries will be submitted back to Baldragon School Library and our group of S1 readers judged them.

The shortlisted  designs were sent to their respective authors. The authors were asked to judge the winning entry for their book. 

On the morning of Wednesday 25th March 2015 we all went off down to the Steps Theatre to hear the exciting announcement of which author had won to have their book published but also which primary school pupils had won the award for best book covers.

The overall winner of the World War 1 Book competition was John Fulton for his book the Wreck of the Argyll. A huge congratulations to him. We were very pleased for one of the pupils from Sidlaw View whose book cover was the winner for the book "Shell Hole", so well done. You can see the front cover attached to this story.

If you would like more information about the competition and the stories that were shortlisted please click here and read what our pupils thought of the books and the event.