I Am Malala wins CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award

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Popular novel narrowly edges 5th Wave

TRURO – I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, written by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb, has been chosen for the Teen Reader’s Choice Award 2014.

The award was announced Monday by the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board’s Library Services team

“This was our third year for the award and this was the closest contest yet,” says Jolene Shaw, CCRSB Library Services manager. “Students were excited about the book selections and made their preferences known. Our goals of promoting pleasure reading and encouraging book discussion among teens were both achieved. This is a great program; we can’t wait to start planning for next year.”

Almost 700 votes were cast as part of the program which began on March 4 and encouraged students in grades seven to 12 to read one or more of 10 books selected by Library Services staff.

I am Malala was the top choice receiving 17 per cent of the vote; the 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey, took second place with 16 per cent of the vote and Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell, took the third spot with 15 per cent.

The CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award is the school board’s first student-driven book award and is facilitated by CCRSB Library Services. To learn more about the Teen Reader’s Choice Awards program and to see a complete breakdown of the vote, visit the website (http://ccrsbteenchoice.wordpress.com/).

Organizations: CCRSB Library Services, Taliban, Central Regional School Board

Geographic location: Chignecto

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