Students pick 30th Bookfest winners

Students in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows read nine book for this year's Bookfest

A book about a school newspaper was voted the favourite by elementary school students at this year’s Bookfest.

In its 30th year, Bookfest saw avid readers from 19 schools tasked with reading nine books.

Albion elementary teacher librarian Jim Graham said this year’s theme was books from around the world.

Teacher-librarians from across School District No. 42 chose books that would stretch beyond students usual genres and interests.

This year, Tabloidology, by Canadian author Chris McMahen got the most votes.

Tabloidology follows students Martin and Trixi, who are assigned the task of boosting the sales of their school newspaper. They clash over everything from journalistic integrity to imagination. But when the paper starts to wreak havoc, the principal shuts it down.

To redeem themselves, Martin and Trixi resolve to create a special edition of the newspaper.

“It’s nice that a B.C. author got the most votes,” says Graham.

Bookfest votes:

• Tabloidology, Chris McMahen – 217 votes;

• Running Wild, Michael Murpurgo – 204;

• Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians, Brandon Sanderson – 167;

• 5 Days, Willem Bell – 139;

• The Way of the Warrior, Chris Bradford – 124;

• Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian – 108;

• Red Rackham Treasure, Herge – 78;

• Secret of Unicorn, Herge – 71;

• The Hunchback Assignments, Arthur Slade – 49.

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