Children to crown their top author

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TEENAGERS from Wigan and Leigh will crown their favourite author at a special awards ceremony this week.

Eden Maguire will be awarded the Explore Book Awards 2010 trophy at a ceremony at St Edmund Arrowsmith High School, Ashton on Thursday.

Hundreds of teenagers voted the American author’s Beautiful Dead: Jonas last year’s must read.

The supernatural spine-chilling novel tells the story of teenage souls “returning to bring justice to an event that never should have happened.”

Explore Book Awards is organised by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s library service to encourage teenagers to read. Each year a shortlist of five books is distributed to schools and libraries for teenagers to read and vote for their favourite.

Kathy Williams is the Youth Development Officer for Wigan and Leigh Libraries Service.

She said: “Every year we select a range of books to encourage young people to read and develop a passion for reading. This chilling piece of work has proved a real hit with teenagers.”

Pupils from schools across the borough will attend the awards. Children from a Better Reading Project from four schools will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

The Children’s Explore Book Award was won by Andy Stanton for his book “What’s for Dinner, Mr Gum?”.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust manage libraries on behalf of Wigan Council.