Debut author wins kids’ book awards

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A new author’s debut book has been voted the overall winner of the 27th Sheffield Children’s Book Awards.

Lara Williamson, who has previously worked at magazines such as J17 and Elle, struck a chord with young readers in the city after the release of her first book, ‘A Boy Called Hope,’ which tells the tale of a boy’s search for his dad.

More than 3000 city school children have been busy reading and voting for their favourite books in recent weeks, ahead of the annual ceremony, held at the Crucible Theatre.

Lara said: “It is such an honour to win the Sheffield Children’s Book Award and particularly special because it is voted for by the readers.

“I recently saw a notebook that had a quote on the front saying ‘Chase your dreams, you might catch one.’ Having children read and enjoy my book has always been a dream that I’ve chased. In winning this award, it feels like I caught it.”

The annual awards were launched by Sheffield City Council’s Schools Library Service in 1988, to encourage children and young people to read and to highlight the best literature published each year.