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  'Our time as book judges'
Updated 14 November 2001, 19.08

Bookworms Harry, 11, and Annalisa, 13, sat on the judging panel of the Whitbread Children's Book Award. Here's what they thought.

What was it like to do the judging?
Harry: I really enjoyed it - it was fun. I liked going down to London and meeting Jamila Gavin.


Did you have to read the books you were voting on?
Annalisa: Yes - it was brilliant. Some were better than others, but I enjoyed it.

Who's your favourite author?
Harry: Anthony Horowitz - I think his books are very funny and very action packed.

What's your favourite book at the moment?
Annalisa: Probably the Amber Spyglass.

What's your all time favourite book?
Harry: Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz.

What are you reading at the moment?
Harry: The Curse of the Gloamglozer by Paul Stuart and Chris Riddell - it's really good.

How long does it take you to read a book?
Annalisa: On average about two days. The fastest I've ever read a book in is about six hours. I also review books for a bookshop.


How often do you start a new book?
Harry: I always have a book to read. Mostly I buy them or sometimes I borrow them from friends.

What do you think makes a good book?
Annalisa: It has to be believable. It depends on the book but it usually has to have some humour but nothing too heavy. It has to flow easily. It can't be so complicated that you have to keep referring to past pages.

Have you ever thought of writing a book?
Annalisa: Yes - I've got an idea to write a book and I'm going to enter a competition to write a short story.

What does it feel like to be on the judging panel?
Harry: It was really exciting. I was really surprised when I won the Press Pack competition. I felt really overwhelmed and excited and a bit nervous to start off with - my friends were really excited too.



 
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