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Budding book critic wins iPad

A pupil from Newham Bridge Primary School in Middlesbrough has been presented with an iPad Mini after winning the Middlesbrough Reads Best Reads book review competition.

The competition, which was launched earlier in the year by the National Literacy Trust's Middlesbrough Reads campaign and the Middlesbrough Promise, asked pupils of all ages to write a book review based on their favourite title from the Middlesbrough Reads Best Reads reading logs.

These were based on the Best Reads children's book list in four age categories as voted for by Middlesbrough schoolchildren and were distributed to primary schools across the town. The initiative aimed to inspire children of all ages to read for pleasure and more widely.

Once a child had read at least six of the 26 titles in their age category's reading log, they were invited to complete a book review about their favourite for the iPad Mini prize draw, kindly provided by partners of the National Literacy Trust's Read North East campaign, Stagecoach North East.

The National Literacy Trust Hub in Middlesbrough, known locally as Middlesbrough Reads, is working to improve the literacy outcomes of children and families in the town through schools, bespoke programmes and community-focused activities. The campaign also supports the work of Middlesbrough Council's Middlesbrough Promise, a partnership of education, health, literacy and community professionals aiming to improve the life chances of young people in Middlesbrough through reading.

Ameera Naas, age nine and in Year 4 at Newham Bridge Primary School, was presented with her prize this week by Middlesbrough Reads Manager Allison Potter and her headmistress, Beverley Hewitt-Best. Her book review can be found below:

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams
I loved this book. It was a thriller and you didn't know what was going to come next. My favourite character was Granny because she was really funny.  I would recommend this book to people who like funny and thriller books.

Ameera said:
"I am really happy that I have won - I love reading and am going to download some books to read at bedtime over the summer holidays!"

Headteacher at Newham Bridge Primary School, Beverley Hewitt-Best said:
"Our children have thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Middlesbrough Reads events, such as the Young Readers Programme and the Puffin World of Stories. We are delighted that Ameera's book review has won the iPad Mini."

Steve Walker, Managing Director, Stagecoach North East, said:
"We would like to congratulate Ameera on her outstanding achievement. It has been a real pleasure to be part of such a vital initiative and we're delighted that the competition has encouraged so many participants."

Middlesbrough Reads Manager Allison Potter said:
"We're thrilled that our Best Reads reading logs campaign has encouraged so many children from schools across the town to enjoy books recommended by their peers.

"It was a pleasure to present Ameera with her amazing prize courtesy of Stagecoach North East, to whom we're completely grateful. Ameera's review captures the excitement around reading for enjoyment, and as we know that children who enjoy reading are more likely to lead happier lives, this is really great to see. We hope that children across Middlesbrough continue to read as many books for fun as possible over the summer holidays!"