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The Hounslow Teen Read

The Hounslow Teen Read has fast become a popular event in the school calendar.  Following the successful establishment of the Junior Book Award the equivalent was introduced in 2007 for secondary schools. The aim of the Hounslow Teen Read is to introduce those taking part to new and interesting fiction and create a buzz about reading for pleasure.
Teen Read 2016 | Teen Read 2015 


The Hounslow Teen Read 2016 was launched at the Paul Robeson theatre by author Dave Cousins the bestselling author of 15 Days Without a Head and Waiting for Gonzo and previous HTR nominee. Students from Hounslow and Ealing secondary schools enjoyed his entertaining stories of how he became a writer, his life as an author and how he comes up with the ideas for his books. The shortlist for this year’s award was then announced and the audience left eager to read the books, discuss with their book groups and vote for their favourite.

Teen Read 2016The Shortlist

  • My Second Life – Faye Bird
  • Say Her Name - Juno Dawson
  • This is not a Love Story – Keren David
  • Bomb – Sarah Mussi
  • The Art of Being Normal – Lisa Williamson
  • Tape – Steve Camden


During the spring term the School Library Service team visited the participating schools and talked to the reading groups about the shortlist. We were eager to find out their opinions on the books and were not disappointed.
The students were all enthused by the list, it had introduced them to some new authors and genres and they were happy to discuss which they liked and which they didn’t. All had different favourites and were preparing to speak up for their favourite when it came to the voting process.

Teen Read 2016For the final event in March the School Library Service invited author award winning author Anthony McGowan to speak to the students.

He entertained the audience with 2 stories, one he had made up and one drawn on real life events from his childhood. He then challenged them to guess which was true.

He also read from his novel Hellbent and discussed his writing process.
The students and Librarians were thoroughly engaged and inspired by his talk and had lots of questions about his books.


Teen Read 2016Anthony then announced the winners of the Hounslow Teen Read Award 2106. The winner was Lisa Williamson for the Art of Being Normal, second was Say Her Name by Juno Dawson and third Bomb by Sarah Mussi and. A hugely popular outcome and Lisa will be with us in 2017 to announce next year’s winner.


In the summer term every participating school and The School Library Service nominates any books they have enjoyed published in the last year, is not a sequel and is suitable for Year 8 and Year 9 pupils.  The longlist is then considered by a panel made up of school librarians and SLS staff and a shortlist of six books is chosen. The shortlist for the 2015 award was:

  • Hounslow School Library Service - Teen ReadMore Than This – Patrick Ness
  • Hello Darkness – Anthony McGowan
  • Echo Boy - Matt Haig
  • Every Day – David Levithan
  • Hate - Alan Gibbons
  • Monkey Wars – Richard Kurti

Schools provide the books for their pupils to read during the autumn and spring term – some organise this through established reading groups, others will start a reading group especially for the award. During the spring term the School Library Service team visits each of the reading groups to see if the books are being enjoyed and which is the favourite. The groups are asked to vote for their favourite at the end of the spring term.

The School Library Service plan and organise an award ceremony event in the Paul Robeson Theatre for all those taking part to attend where they have the opportunity to meet readers from other schools. The previous year’s winning author is also invited to speak about their work, their writing process and announce the winner.

Hounslow School Library Service - Teen Read 2The final event for the Hounslow Teen Read 2015 was held on 25th March 2015 with author Rob Lloyd Jones, whose book ‘Wild Boy’ won the 2014 award. Rob spoke to a theatre full of enthusiastic readers from the boroughs secondary schools about his writing, how he researches for his books and what inspired him to write ‘Wild Boy’. After taking questions from the audience, Rob announced the winner of the 2015 award.
The winner of the Hounslow Teen Read award 2015 was ‘Echo Boy’ by Matt Haig.

The Hounslow Teen Read award for 2016 will be launched on 17th November with Dave Cousins announcing the shortlist.

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