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Lichfield and Burntwood teenagers urged to vote for their favourite book

Teenagers in Burntwood and Lichfield are being urged to vote for their favourite book

Since October last year, young people in Staffordshire aged between 11 and 14 have been nominating their favourite book of the year as part of Staffordshire Library Service’s Young Teen Fiction (YTF) Award.

Designed to encourage young people to enjoy books and share their enthusiasm with their peers, the award is now in its sixth year.

This year, there were almost 900 nominations for books that teens felt worthy of the 2010 award and those with the most votes can now be revealed as:

  • Angel Cake by Cathy Cassidy
  • Grass by Catherine MacPhail
  • Brigands MC by Robert Muchamore
  • Wings by Aprilynne Pike
  • Black Heart by Justin Somper
  • Blood Hunters by Steve Voake

Book-loving teenagers now have until midday on July 5 to vote online for their pick of the shortlist. The winner will be announced at a celebration day at Staffordshire’s County Showground on July 6.

County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture said:

“Books have to compete with modern technologies for the time of our teenagers. It is so heartening to see that Staffordshire’s young people want to get involved in the Young Teen Fiction Award and that they feel passionately about what they like to read. I want to encourage them to make their opinion count and vote for a winner!”

To find out more about the short-listed books, or if you are aged between 11 and 14 years old and want to vote for a book to win this year’s award, visit

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