On Thursday 28th June pupils involved with the HBA since March visited Kings School, Winchester for the grand final. The group have been meeting and reading the six shortlisted books and finally got the opportunity to vote for their favourite book. The event is run by Schools’ Library Service and involved 43 Hampshire secondary schools. It was organised so that the pupils from Test Valley School were split into teams with other schools to join in a group discussion about the books. Everyone got involved, chatting and deciding on their favourite. While the votes were being counted everyone enjoyed a quiz. Mrs Needs was very pleased when Suzie Draper and Morgan Evans were on the winning team – bringing a pile of lovely new books back to the library to be enjoyed by everyone.
There was much excitement and drum role in the room before the winning book was announced as ‘Instructions for a Second Hand Heart’ by Tamsyn Murray. The book is about two teenagers who are brought together by the death of Niamh’s brother and means that Jonny can finally have the heart transplant that will save his life. But love, like life, is unpredictable, so Niamh and Jonny are about to let their hearts rule their heads. A brilliant read, available in the school library along with the other five shortlisted books, so come and take a look!