King's Worcester

23 March

Quiz champions and an action-packed author talk at the Worcester Teen Book Award Ceremony!

On Tuesday we took 11 U4 and LR pupils to County Hall to take part in the annual award ceremony for the Worcestershire Teen Book Award, when the most popular book of 2017, as voted for by Worcestershire pupils, is announced. Every year there is also a hotly contested quiz of 8 rounds, based on the books and the authors, and this year we were victorious beating 12 other schools to be crowned quiz champions!   We now have our very own WTBA trophy, and it was richly deserved by this extremely dedicated, focused and well-organised group of readers.

Back in November over 150 year 7s 8s and 9s took part in the speed-dating process to whittle 30 titles down to a shortlist of 6.   A particularly enthusiastic group then progressed to the next stage of trying to read the 6 books after Christmas. The final event, on the 20th,  organised by Worcestershire Schools Library Service, is a celebration of books and reading.  The winning book, as voted for by pupils across Worcestershire was revealed to be ‘I have no secrets’ by Penny Joelson. 

Chris Bradford, author of the Young Samurai Ninja, and Bodyguard series, was the guest author and proved to be a captivating and dynamic speaker who had us all on the edge of our seats looking for potential assassins in every corner!  Chris is a ‘method’ author – he writes about what he knows and therefore is a trained professional bodyguard and has also studied iaido (samurai swordsmanship), martial arts, and trained in the art of the samurai. His refreshing approach to introducing the children to his books, was to throw them straight into the world of the bodyguard, with reference to characters and plots within the books. With lots of interaction and audience participation we were introduced to the need for constant situational awareness, and learned both soft skills (Cooper’s colour code for different levels of awareness to dangers, and surveillance techniques such as the use of a coke can camera) and hard skills – the most effective bodyguard formations when guarding a celebrity, and secret defence techniques such as the devastating One Inch Push (demonstrated at 10% of his strength, this was enough to send his hapless volunteer flying to the crashmat!) He also introduced us to his beautiful but deadly Samurai sword. His dramatic performances gave us a real flavour of his books "I write the type of books I'd want to read – books filled with relentless action, believable characters and a plot that twists and turn through the pages!”

"We had a very enjoyable day, and the pupils were an absolute credit to the school. It has been a real pleasure to be involved with them throughout the process and to accompany them on the day." Mrs Jeffery, School Librarian