On Wednesday, 23rd March, a Year 7 Cowley student won the best book review competition at the annual Book Awards St Helens (BASH) celebration.

Now in its eleventh year, Book Awards St Helens (BASH) is an annual event where children and young people come together to agree on the best latest, modern and enticing fiction in a number of age categories, from 5-11 plus years.  

Schools that subscribe to the School’s Library Service can participate in BASH and through a series of library-based workshops, debate and critical appreciation – vote for their favourite book and choose an overall winner.   

Chloe reviewed the book Orla and the Serpent’s Curse by Chris Haslam, who is the Chief Travel Writer at the Times & Sunday Times. Chris found out about Chloe’s review and wrote the following Tweet:

This is quite the loveliest review of Orla and the Serpent’s Curse I’ve ever read. Congratulations to Chloe from @Cowleian, to whom I am now sending a pre-release copy of Orla and the Magpie’s Kiss (signed by Dave T Dog) so she can review that too.

Shortly after being announced as the winner, Chloe said: “Even though I am sure that there were many amazing book reviews, I am thrilled that my book review won and I am even happier at C.J. Haslam’s response to my review.”

Our sincere congratulations go to a talented writer from Year 7, Chloe, who was presented with a full set of the BASH nominated titles.

Chloe faced strong competition from students who attend other schools in St Helens, but her outstanding piece of work was chosen as the winner.  This is the third time that a Cowley student has won this prestigious award and we are very proud .

Take a read of the full book review by Chloe below.