Presenting the Titles - Southwark Book Award

Southwark Book
Awards 2012
Presenting the titles!
Shadow by Michael Morpurgo
This is the story of Aman, as told in his
own words – a boy from Afghanistan
fleeing the horror of the Afghan war.
When a western dog shows up outside
the caves where Aman lives with his
mother, Aman is initially repulsed – it is
not customary for people to keep dogs
as pets in his part of the world. But
when Aman and his mother finally
decide to make a bid for freedom, the
dog Aman has called Shadow will not
leave their side. Soon it becomes clear:
the destinies of boy and dog are linked,
and always will be…
The Donut Diaries
by Anthony McGowan
A British Diary of a Wimpy Kid, featuring
Dermot, an overweight eleven-year-old.
Hilariously funny and insightful. Dermot
Milligan's got problems. He's overweight and
hooked on donuts. He has a pushy, overachieving mother, and a father who spends all
his time hiding in the loo. His sisters, Ruby and
Ella (known as Rubella) attack him relentlessly
from the opposite directions of Chav and Goth.
And now, he's being sent to a nutritionist,
Doctor Morlock, who looks like a Dementor
from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This
diary is Doc Morlock's idea.
Brave New Girl
by Catherine Johnson
"I can make things happen - good things - I
know it!"Seren is so full of brilliant ideas - it's
just that she always seems to put her foot in it!
First there was the dance routine where she fell
off the stage. And now her plan to get her sister
Sasha noticed by gorgeous Luke Beckford looks
like it could backfire… Seren reckons she's just
hopelessly accident-prone! But there's one
person who believes in Seren. Her mate Keith is
making a film for a national competition and he
wants Seren to be in it. Could Seren turn out to
be a star after all? This is a funny, big-hearted
story with a lovable heroine who will make you
laugh and cry.
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates
by L. Pichon
Tom Gates is the master of excuses for late
homework: dog attacks, spilt water, lightning..
Tom's exercise book is full of his doodles,
cartoons and thoughts, as well as comments
from his long-suffering teacher, Mr Fullerton.
After gaining five merits for his CAMPING
SUCKS holiday story, Tom's work starts to go
downhill, which is a pity, as he's desperate to
impress Amy Porter, who sits next to him...
Short Too! by Kevin Crossley-Holland
This book is brimming with short stories
to make you grasp and quake. Stories
to make you laugh or smile. Stories to
read out loud and remember. Feel free
to read one quickly while washing your
face or cleaning your teeth!
Zero to Hero by Rob Childs
Simon - Zero to his older brothers - would rather
be watching for kingfishers down at the river with
his dog Tilly than playing football. But when they
drag him along to the park to help with goalshooting practice, they discover that he has a
natural talent for goalkeeping. The school team
already has a goalkeeper, albeit one who lets in
more goals than he saves, so there seems little
chance Simon will get a game. But as the cup final
approaches, tension in the team mounts and
Simon teams up with new boy Ollie, who has
come from the opposing school, and soon the pair
are making an impression in practices. Will they be
selected for the crucial game, and will Ollie be able
to stand up to the tactics of his former
schoolmates? This gripping story will entrance all
young football lovers, as well as raising issues of
bullying and self-esteem.

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