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Comic Characters Club

Comic Characters Club and Excelsior Award

The first meeting our new Comic Characters Graphic Novel Club was on 17 January and a group of excited pupils turned up to see what it was all about.

The group will be shadowing The Excelsior Award and reading the shortlisted books. Everyone was enthusiastic about the Excelsior Award and the books and after much discussion about these wonderful new books, everyone borrowed one to read.

The club will meet every Tuesday at lunchtime. Lots more pupils have now signed up and new members are welcome every week.

The Excelsior Award is the only nationwide book award for graphic novels and manga – where kids aged 11-16 decide the winner by rating each book as they read it! Eight graphic novels are selected for the shortlist and it now attracts over two hundred and fifty schools and public libraries from all over the UK and Ireland! The overall goal of this scheme is to encourage reading amongst teenagers. However, its secondary target is to raise the profile of graphic novels and manga amongst school librarians and teachers. This storytelling medium has been a largely underused resource within education for many years. The Excelsior Award attempts to highlight some of the amazing books that are out there – books that fully deserve to be in our school libraries alongside regular fiction!