Welcome to the Home Page of the 10th Doncaster Book Award! Once again this year, you, our readers, will be ‘directing’ the award with your book choices, reviews and ideas firmly in focus at all times!

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2014 Winners Announced!

2014 FinaleThe winners of the 2013-14 Doncaster Book Award were announced at our fantastic finale event at CAST on Thursday 3rd April. Authors Chris Bradford and Jonathan Meres were present to help announce the winners, who are:

  • DIRECTOR: I am Still Not a Loser by Barry Loser (commas put in by Jim Smith)
  • PRODUCER: Itch Rocks by Simon Mayo
  • PAGE TO SCREEN: The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

The author of I am Still Not a Loser sent the following message on hearing he had won the "Director" category:

When I heard my book had been voted the winner in the Primary category of the Doncaster Book Award, I was so excited my pyjama bottoms fell down. Off the back of the chair they were hanging over in my bedroom. I was next door in the kitchen wearing my trousers. Which also fell down.

Me and all my clothes are comperleeterly thrilled.

Seven Stories Visit

Seven StoriesOn Saturday 10th May 2014 we visited Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books, in Newcastle. Did you know that there are only seven stories in the whole world, but thousands of ways to tell them? Read our report to find out more!

Dance Workshop

Dance WorkshopSaturday 29th March saw almost 40 boys and girls attend a dance workshop at CAST arts venue to learn a routine to be performed at this year’s finale!

Animation Workshops

Animation WorkshopsOn Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th February, 38 children from 12 different primary and secondary schools took part in our special half term animation workshops.

Peter Pan Workshop

Peter Pan Workshop30th December 2013, CAST. A very special "Play in a Day" workshop led by the wonderful Talegate Theatre Company.

Andy McNab visit to
Armthorpe Academy

Andy McNab In November the DBA was fortunate enough to secure a visit from top teen (and adult!) author Andy McNab. Over 300 students from various Doncaster schools packed Armthorpe Academy hall, excited and eager to listen to Andy speak about his writing and his adventurous life.

Lyn Hopson honoured in
2013 School Librarian
of the Year Award

School Librarian of the Year Award Honour List 2013 DBA Committee member Lyn Hopson has been named on the Honour Roll for this year's national SLA School Librarian of the Year Award. She was awarded her certificate at an exciting ceremony at Hotel Russell in London on 7th October. When the presentation was being made, as well as recognising Lyn's work in her school, Don Valley Academy, her role in the DBA was also mentioned, and our award described as "probably one of the most lively local book awards in the country!"

Launch Event

Launch Event, 9th October 2013Our fantastic launch event this year took on 9th October at CAST, Doncaster's new performance venue. Popular authors Daniel Blythe and Andy Briggs were there to entertain an audience of almost 600 DBA students.

“Battle of the Books” at
Don Valley Library

Dave Cryer In September Don Valley hosted a special “Battle of the Books” event, one of the free workshops offered to participating schools by Dave Cryer to prepare some students from across the borough to perfom on stage at the new CAST theatre.

From Page to Screen

From Page to Screen Our theme this year is From Page to Screen, and our Classics list features books that have inspired some memorable films. We’ll be offering some film-making workshops later in the year, and, as ever, exploring the books through our inspiring drama workshops and other great events.

The three lists last year proved very successful, so we’ve kept the format for this year too. Along with the Classics list already mentioned, we have a Producers list, aimed largely at our teenage readers, while the Directors list has titles suitable for younger readers, although of course teenagers can read and enjoy these too!

Which books are on the lists this year?

All tastes are catered for in these great selections, showing once again that our young people enjoy a wide variety of books. Comedy lovers can laugh out loud with I am still not a Loser and My Brother ‘s Famous Bottom gets Crowned, while animal lovers will enjoy White Dolphin and The One-Dollar Horse. We’ve got horror from the gory Zom-B and the eerie Coraline, non-stop action in Itch Rocks, and Tarzan, the Savage Lands and history in A Medal for Leroy. You’ll meet a terrifying assassin for hire in Warp, The Reluctant Assassin, visit a seriously scary school in Osbert the Avenger and even travel back to the world of Sherlock Holmes!

You can find the full selection of books on the Book Lists page.

We want to hear from you, so start reading and post your reviews and comments here on our website telling everyone what you think about the books. Remember it’s your views and your votes which decide our winners — no adult gets a say!

If you are not sure whether your school is taking part, check the list of schools below, or speak to your school librarian or teacher today.

Schools Taking Part

The following secondary schools are taking part in the 2013-2014 Doncaster Book Award:

  • The Armthorpe Academy
  • Ash Hill Academy
  • Balby Carr Community Sports College
  • Baysgarth School
  • Danum Academy
  • De Warenne Academy
  • Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College
  • Hall Cross School
  • Hatfield High School Visual Arts College
  • Hayfield School
  • Mexborough School
  • Outwood Academy Adwick
  • Ridgewood School
  • Rossington All Saints School

The following primary/junior schools are taking part in 2013-2014. We hope that they enjoy reading the books, having their say on the website, and, of course, voting!

  • Adwick Park Junior School
  • Auckley Primary School
  • Balby Central Primary
  • Balby Street Primary School
  • Barnburgh Primary School
  • Bawtry Mayflower Primary School
  • Bentley High Street Primary School
  • Bessacarr Primary School
  • Branton St Wilfrid's Primary School
  • Canon Popham Primary School
  • Conisbrough Ivanhoe Primary School
  • Conisbrough Morley Place Junior School
  • Conisbrough Station Road Primary School
  • Crooksbroom Primary School
  • Denaby Main Primary School
  • Doncaster Road Junior School, Mexborough
  • Dunsville Primary School
  • Edenthorpe Hall Primary School
  • Edlington Victoria Primary School
  • Estfeld Primary
  • Finningley Primary School
  • Hatchell Wood Primary School
  • Hatfield Sheep Dip Primary School
  • Hatfield Woodhouse Primary School
  • Hawthorne Primary School
  • Hayfield Lane Primary School
  • Hexthorpe Primary School
  • Holy Family Primary School
  • Intake Primary School
  • Kingfisher Primary School
  • Lakeside Primary School
  • Longtoft Primary School
  • Mallard Primary School
  • Mexborough St Johnís Primary School
  • Montagu School, Mexborough
  • Norton Junior School
  • Owston Primary School
  • Pheasant Bank Academy
  • Plover Primary School
  • Richmond Hill Primary
  • St Albans Catholic Primary School
  • St Albans Primary School
  • Saltersgate Primary School
  • Sandringham Primary School
  • Southfield Primary
  • St Peter's Catholic Primary School
  • Stirling Primary School
  • Sunnyfields Primary School
  • Sycamore Primary School
  • Thorne Brooke Primary School
  • Thorne King Edward Primary School
  • Toll Bar Primary School
  • Town Field Primary School
  • Tranmoor Primary School
  • Travis St Lawrence CE Primary School
  • Wadworth Primary School
  • Willow Primary School
  • Windhill Primary School
  • Woodfield Primary

If any other schools are interested, they should contact Lyn Hopson via Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College.

If your school isn’t involved, don’t despair, you can still get the books in the local public libraries and can vote using the boxes in Waterstones in the Frenchgate centre.

What's Going On?

Activities this year include: a book-signing by Darren Shan at Waterstones on 1st October, our launch at the new CAST venue with authors Daniel Blythe and Andy Briggs, drama workshops with Dave Cryer, dance workshops led by Mrs Hurworth, film-making workshops and a trip to Seven Stories in March. As more events are planned, they will be added to the website, so do keep an eye on our Events page. I look forward to meeting many of you during the year.

Don’t delay, start reading today!!

Lyn Hopson

Doncaster Book Award Committee.

Last Year 's Finale and Results

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2012-13 Doncaster Book Award!

The winner in the Mad Hatters category was Cathy Cassidy's Summer's Dream. The March Hares category was won by Liz Pichon's Everything's Amazing (Sort Of), and the winning Classic Read was The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne.

The winners were announced at a massive Mad Hatter's Tea Party finale event held on Friday 7th June amid glorious sunshine in the grounds of Cusworth Hall, featuring Cathy Cassidy in person and the wonderful Talegate Theatre. Liz Pichon and John Boyne both sent video messages of support, which were played - Oscars-style! - at the event.

Over 350 pupils from Doncaster's schools attended the finale and a fantastic time was had by all.

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