Three students from Saint Paul’s are celebrating after scooping top literary awards in The Portico Sadie Massey Awards for Young Readers.

Year 8 student, Rebeka Torowin-Borowicz, and Year 10 students, Leigh-Ann Coley and Sandra Anyaeriuba, sailed to victory with their outstanding book reviews; Rebeka receiving a special commendation in the age 9 – 13 category and Sandra (Special Commendation) and Leigh-Ann receiving awards in the 14 - 18 category. The awards were presented at a prestigious award ceremony at the historic Portico Library in Manchester.

In a letter to the school, Lynne Allan, Chair of The Portico Library, said: “We are delighted to announce that your student is among the winners! The number and quality of entries was very high and we congratulate you on this success.”

The Portico Sadie Massey Awards for Young Readers and Writers aim to encourage a life-long love of reading and also to celebrate the North West of England through its talented young writers.

Here’s an extract from Rebeka’s review:

‘One of my favourite books is Paper Towns by John Green. I like this book because it consists of all the action and humour kids my age look for in a book, but it still contains meaningful thoughts and real life dilemmas. The author of this book manages to make it funny and compelling, yet, still makes you think deeply about identity and how well we ever really know anyone.’

Sandra writes about The Double Helix by James Watson:

“This book really made me sit back and ask… Why? 

In Leigh-Ann’s review she writes: ‘The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is what I would consider to be a classic: the figurative language, unique point of view and well fleshed-out characters you can’t help but love.’

And concludes:  ‘It’s a haunting, hilarious and well-told tale that won’t leave you as soon as you’ve read the last line. And let me tell you, the last line really is something.’

“We are delighted with Rebeka, Sandra and Leigh-Ann’s success,” commented Mrs Irena Savova, the Librarian at Saint Paul’s. “This is a great honour for them and at the same time it’s a fantastic way to improve literacy, develop their writing skills and broaden their scope of reading.”

Executive Headteacher, Tony Billings, said: “To receive such a great accolade was amazing for Rebeka, Sandra and Leigh-Ann. They have both been really inspired by their awards. They are well aware of the magic of reading and have been able to convey that love of reading in their award winning reviews.

“We are all very proud of them and are looking forward to reading more of their work. As a school, we are very keen to inspire in our students a love of books and the written word.”

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