Launched in 2018 to promote the best books written for children and young adults, it was set up by the librarians at Aylesbury Grammar School and Piper’s Corner School, with the aim of increasing reading for pleasure.
Studies have found that reading for pleasure is important for children’s intellectual development, with those who read regularly gaining higher results in maths, vocabulary and spelling tests than those who read less often.
The books were nominated by KS3 students in participating schools. This year all schools in Bucks are invited to take part in the voting process which is open to students aged 11-14 years, who either live or attend a secondary school in Buckinghamshire.
The shortlist will be announced in November, with the winner's ceremony taking place in February 2020.
The books on this year's long list (in no particular order) are:
The Wicked King
The Boy who Steals Houses
The Crystal of Time
Two Can Keep A Secret
The Opposite Of Always
Death in the Spotlight
A Good Girl's Guide To Murder
On The Come Up
The Extinction Trials
Warriors: Lost Stars
For more information about the award visit: www.bucksbookaward.org.uk