Monday, 19 March 2012

Blue Peter Book Awards 2012

The children who watch the long-running British television programme, Blue Peter, have voted US author Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Best Children's Book of the Last Ten Years.  They chose from a shortlist of the ten best-selling (by volume) fiction books of the last ten years for 5─11s with a first publication date between January 2002 and December 2011. Only the top-selling book of each author was included.
Interestingly, boy heroes dominated - Greg Heffley, Horrid Henry, Harry Potter, Alex Rider, Theodore Boone, Thomas Peaceful and the young James Bond.  This gender skew must be something to ponder, given that girls are regarded as the more voracious readers.  The sole female protagonists were Chloe (Mr Stink) and Floss (Candyfloss), with the three Baudelaire orphans (Austere Academy) making up the list.  The shortlist by publication date was:
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket (2002) 
  • Alex Rider Mission 3: Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz (2002)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J K Rowling (2003)
  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (2003) 
  • Young Bond: SilverFin by Charlie Higson ( 2005) 
  • Candyfloss by Jacqueline Wilson (2006)
  • Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend by Francesca Simon (2006)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (2008) 
  • Mr Stink by David Walliams (2009)
  • Theodore Boone by John Grisham (2010)

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