School children in Jersey and Guernsey have nominated and voted for their favourite book published within the last year.
The winning story, The Explorer by Katherine Rundell, was announced in a ceremony at Jersey Library.
The awards are a joint initiative between Jersey Library and Guernsey School Library Service, and aim to encourage children aged 9-12 to develop a love of reading for pleasure.
Fourteen books were nominated by local children, and a judging panel of library staff from both islands then reviewed then shortlisted four titles.
The shortlisted titles were:
- Ella on the Outside by Cath Howe
- Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith
- Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone
Alongside the awards, children were invited to enter their own writing, in the form of a blurb for a potential sequel for any of the shortlisted titles.
The winners were, Joe Griffiths in Jersey for his sequel to Kid Normal and Thomas Kent in Guernsey for his blurb for a sequel for the same title.