Jarrow pupil scoops award in Book Trust’s Read For My School challenge

North East Book review awards at St Joseph's Catholic Academy.'Paige Cronnin aged 12
North East Book review awards at St Joseph's Catholic Academy.'Paige Cronnin aged 12

A bookworm from South Tyneside has scooped a regional award – and won even more books to read.

Paige Cronin, a student at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Jarrow, took part in the Pearson and Book Trust’s Read For My School challenge.

I was shocked but also excited and happy.

Paige Cronin, student

The national initiative, which is backed by the Government, sees schoolchildren across the country reading as much as they can for a range of different genres, and recommending books to each other.

Paige won the award for best review in the Year 7 and 8 category and was honoured for her efforts at the North East awards ceremony, also held at her school.

She said: “I was shocked, but also excited and happy when I heard that my review had won an award.”

Paige won a selection of books from Pearson, as well as shopping and theatre vouchers.

St Joseph’s was also awarded a range of books in recognition of the 3,700 books students managed to read between January and March.

Author Lissa Evans, who has also worked on the television shows Father Ted and Room 101, awarded each of the students their prizes and encouraged them to carry on reading.

Claire Scudder, curriculum leader for literacy at the school, said: “Staff across the whole school work hard to promote the benefits of reading for pleasure.

“We were delighted that our Year 7 and 8 students managed to read such an incredible number of books during this year’s competition.

“We were especially delighted to learn about Paige’s award. It’s a fantastic achievement.”