Release date: 15 July 2019
An adventure story about a quest to the mysterious land of South Polaris has been chosen as the winner of the West Sussex Schools Library Service Story Book Award 2019 by West Sussex pupils.
“Brightstorm” by Vashti Hardy was voted the winner by pupils from 17 primary schools across the county.
The novel describes the story of orphaned twins Arthur and Maudie who join an explorer on her race to South Polaris.
It was voted the winner from a shortlist of four titles.
Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “I am delighted that so many pupils in the county took part in the competition.
“Reading for enjoyment is a great way to develop literacy and life skills for the future and I hope this will inspire pupils to continue trying new books.”
The Schools Library Service has worked in partnership with public libraries, encouraging participating schools to visit the libraries and hear authors on the shortlist talk about their books.
For more information about West Sussex libraries, visit: www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries.