Welcome to the Virtual Juniper Book Awards 2021 celebrations!


Book reviews submitted on our JBA forum

Given the difficulties of the last year, thank you to all the wonderful students, librarians, teachers and authors for supporting the Awards. You have again risen to the challenge with an array of exciting book activities, clubs and events.

This year schools from Surrey, Staffordshire and the West Midlands have taken part alongside Essex, Thurrock and Hertfordshire schools. Welcome to you all.

As ever it was a challenge to choose just 6 books from all those published during the year. We hope you agree that they were a fantastic selection of books – inspiring, challenging, and thought-provoking. Above all, we hope you enjoyed reading them as much as we did!

Participation and engagement has once again been impressive. 334 book reviews were posted on the book review forum and a Zoom workshop run in conjunction with INTOFILM led to some outstanding entries for our Book Trailer competition.

Thank you especially to all our shortlisted authors. Pupils have been thrilled that you have responded personally to their reviews.


Participating schools

Winner of the Juniper Book of the Year 2021

Pupils, thank you all for voting for your favourite book. We love the fact that you are the ones who choose the winner.

We are delighted to announce that the Winner of Book of the Year is:


Competition Entries

Every year we are so impressed with your amazing ideas for running the Awards in your school.

We particularly love how many of you have used the shortlisted books to engage your whole school communities with reading.


Most Innovative School Award

Given the quality of the submissions this year we have two Highly Commended entries as well as a Winner.

The winner of JBA Most Innovative School is:

We really liked how the whole school was involved with the Awards with each class promoting one of the shortlisted books through an advertising campaign involving videos, PowerPoints, drama, art, poetry, comic strips and scratch games to name but a few. Well done!

Highly Commended

We especially liked how The Soup Movement inspired pupils to take action to help the homeless in their own community by putting together ‘rucksacks for the homeless’ at Christmas.

Once again the engagement was fantastic with zoom author talks, a ‘letter to Santa activity’, poems, art and book bakes.


Best Book Trailer Award in conjunction with IntoFilm

We would like to thank IntoFilm for judging this Award. Their support and skills in running our book trailer workshops are invaluable.

IntoFilm were really impressed with the number of entries and level of skill and creativity this year with not only stop motion animation videos but also videos made using other software. It was a difficult decision to decide on just one winner so we have several runners-up and an overall winner this year.

IntoFilm Logo


Anastasia – Hockerill Anglo-European College


Thomas W – Hockerill Anglo-European College
Eleanor W – Hockerill Anglo-European College
Katie – Clayton Hall Academy
Olivia – Clayton Hall Academy
Layla – Clayton Hall Academy
Ruby Erewunmi and Davenant Book Club


Most Creative Award

WOW what a creative bunch you are! Some of the ideas to promote the Awards were fantastic – we had dog bandanas, homemade aprons, live action and puppet videos.

Winner Most Creative Award is:

Not only did they produce some fabulous works of art and poetry but also a wonderful musical composition based on Crater Lake by Jennifer Killick.

Highly Commended

For their creative puppet video.


Best Book Review Awards

Crater Lake by Jennifer Killick

Crater Lake by Jennifer Killick

WINNER: Savannah from Harris Academy Ockendon

Orion Lost by Alastair Chisholm

Orion Lost by Alastair Chisholm

WINNER: Hanako from Hockerill Anglo European College

The Highland Falcon Thief: Adventures on Trains by M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman

The Highland Falcon Thief by M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman

WINNER: Vihaan G. from King Edward VI Grammar School

The Soup Movement by Ben Davis

The Soup Movement by Ben Davis

WINNER: Maya from Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls

Undercover Robot: My First Year as a Human by David Edmonds and Bertie Fraser

Undercover Robot by David Edmonds & Bertie Fraser

WINNER: Luke from Great Eastern Primary School

Wonderscape by Jennifer Bell

Wonderscape by Jennifer Bell

WINNER: Sam from Moulsham High School