Avid Readers Rewarded

Healing School's Eleanor Johnson (left) and Emily Oldridge (right), who scooped prizes in a national book reading competition.

TWO book worms are celebrating after their efforts were rewarded in a national reading challenge.

Emily Oldridge and Eleanor Johnson, who attend Healing School, scooped prizes in the 'Read For My School' competition.

It had challenged pupils to log the books they had read online and to write reviews about those they had chosen.

Emily, from Year 8, won 10 books for reading three in less than one week and Eleanor, also from Year 8, came first in the 'Best Book Review Award' across the Yorkshire and Humberside region, for her review of 'Lily Alone' by popular author Jacqueline Wilson.

Eleanor, plus her parents and English teacher Lindsay Codd, were invited to the regional 'Read For My School event', held in Dewsbury. She was presented with her award by children's author Rachel Hatfield.

Eleanor said: "When I discovered I had won the regional event for writing a book review, I was very surprised.

"I was bored, so I just wrote the review on a whim, yet it won out of 18,000 entries!

"I received 8 books and a theatre voucher worth £25 and a £25 voucher for retailer Accesorize. I was very pleased, especially to win the theatre voucher because I love drama."

Emily had been pleased when Mrs Codd had suggested we take part in the reading challenge.

"We did a similar challenge in my primary school and I won a prize," she said. "I couldn't believe it when I heard I had won again, because so many people took part! I received 10 books and my favourite one was Cherry Crush by Cathy Cassidy."

Eleanor was also delighted to hear her book review has also been put forward for the national best book review, to be chosen later in the year.

Nationally, more than 200,000 children took part and at Healing school, all Year 7 and 8 pupils who participated in the Read For My School competition read 299 books between January and Easter.

Principal Mark Knapton said: "We're pleased for the winning girls and our outstanding English department that their efforts have been rewarded.

"We're passionate about reading at Healing School and the competition is another device to encourage our young people.

"Good luck to Eleanor in the national competition."

Healing School - Thursday 18th June 2015

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