Young critic scoops top prize
WINNING REVIEW: Isabella Rivas, eight, pictured with author Gareth P.Jones, won a national book review competition A YEAR THREE youngster has beaten over 1,000 other children to win a national book review competition.
Eight-year-old Isabella Rivas, from Chalfont St Peter CofE Academy, was the year three to four winner in the South East Region in the Read For My School initiative.
Organised by the Book Trust, over 7000 book reviews were taken into consideration across the whole of England.
Her review was based on the book ‘Daisy and the Trouble With Life’ by Kes Gray.
Isabella and her family enjoyed an award ceremony at Crestwood College, Hampshire, where she was presented with eight books, a certificate and a £25 theatre token.
The event was attended by author Gareth P. Jones who talked about his books and his writing career.
Isabella said: “Gareth was very funny because he sang songs, told stories and was wearing a funny outfit. He was dressed as a pirate because his new book series is called Steampunk Pirates. I got his autograph in both of his books.”
Brenda Meek, the school’s literacy coordinator, said: “We were all delighted to hear that Isabella was a prize winner.”