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Camden pupils choose Wonder as top book in National Summer Reading Challenge

PUBLISHED: 14:09 10 July 2013

Cllr Tulip Siddiq (front row, centre) and Camden deputy mayor Cllr Lazzaro Pietragnoli (front row, centre) with students at the new UCL Academy which hosted the event

Cllr Tulip Siddiq (front row, centre) and Camden deputy mayor Cllr Lazzaro Pietragnoli (front row, centre) with students at the new UCL Academy which hosted the event

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Camden pupils have chosen a novel about a boy with a facial deformity as their favourite read.

R.J. Palacio’s Wonder came out on top after more than 100 school children from seven Camden schools voted for their favourite book.

The poll was run alongside the prestigious Carnegie Medal, a national award for the best book for children and young people.

The students discussed all the titles on the Carnegie Medal shortlist in groups before presenting their opinions through drama and role play at a special event at UCL Academy in Adelaide Road, Swiss Cottage, on June 19.

Cllr Lazzaro Pietragnoli, deputy mayor of Camden, said: “It’s great to see the borough’s young people so enthusiastically engaged in this national reading event.

“I was more than impressed with students’ presentations and their passion for their chosen books.”

Young people are now being encouraged to complete the National Summer Reading Challenge, by reading six books over the summer break, starting from July 23.

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