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Students trek through snow to see Doncaster Book Awards Final!

Despite snow and school being closed, four Year 9 students were determined to get to the Doncaster Book Awards last month...

Ridgewood’s reading group, The Last Word, had been avidly reading and reviewing the shortlisted books for this year’s Doncaster Book Awards. They all cast their votes for their favourite books in each of the three categories, and grew excited as the date of the finals approached.
March 1st marked World Book Day, and was also the day of the Doncaster Book Awards finale, doubling the students' excitement! Sadly, due to the snow and the subsequent closure of school, the planned visit was unable to take place. Undeterred, four brave Year 9 students enlisted their mums to take them to the event!
Eleanor Green was one of the students determined to make it to the awards, and here she shares her account of the day.
“Myself and three other students braved the “Beast from the East” to attend an event we feel passionately about... The Doncaster Book Awards. Neither wind nor snow would stop us attending The Dome to witness this amazing event. We have loved DBA since Year 7, so the excitement fizzled up inside us on the journey, for the third year running; although we were in a car with our mums not a coach packed with eager students! As we were greeted by friendly staff, who were happy and grateful we made it, they offered us front row seats, the view was incredible.
We were on fire listening to Cressida Cowell (author of How to Train your Dragon), flying high in the trees listening to Andy Griffiths (author of The 13 Storey Treehouse), and Cathy Cassidy (author of the Chocolate Box Girls) was so sweet.  My favourite was last to speak, Dermot O’Leary, author of Ninja and TV Presenter. Listening to all his tips and tricks was so inspiring and he was kind to us when we met him.
Added excitement to the day for me was winning Best Secondary School Book Review, for the second year running, receiving a prize of books and a book voucher.
Meeting the authors was brilliant and having my books signed made me feel special. I kindly had a book signed by Dermot O’Leary for Mrs Jenkins, our Librarian, who was very upset she was unable to make it.
It was a day full of memories, fun and excitement. I can’t wait for next year.”
The winning books were:
•Classics List (Fantasy Theme): Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J K Rowling
•Secondary List: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J K Rowling
•Primary List: The Midnight Gang by David Walliams