Year 7 students Julienne Padayachy and Chloe Hearne both received Kindles after coming joint first in a hotly-contested competition run by the library.
The year-long scheme tracked everyone on the accelerated reading programme who successfully took part in quizzes about books they had read. They had to have a 100 per cent pass rate on each quiz and, at the end of the year, the prizes were handed out in assembly.
Julienne and Chloe each completed 39 correct quizzes. Eight runners-up; Emily O’Brien, Ana Maria Ianus, Samantha Bristow, Kiara Rose Harris, Jennariece Robson, Malika Khan, Alexandra Allport and Joshua Vanni, also received prizes including Amazon vouchers and goodie bags containing signed books and merchandise.
Julienne said: 'I like reading lots of books and my favourites are mysteries.' She has already downloaded seven Agatha Christie novels onto her Kindle while Chloe enjoys the Cherub series by Robert Muchamore.
Librarian Mrs Adams said: ‘The scheme ensures that students are reading at their own level so those of all ages and abilities could compete fairly. There were several joint winners because it became very competitive, especially towards the end of the year, and those who scored top marks in 12 or more quizzes received prizes. Students are automatically enrolled on the accelerated reading scheme which offers fun, multiple choice quizzes online. We collect the statistics and have a different focus each year. This year we will be running inter-tutor competitions for Year 7s and will also compete against readers at Kettering Science Academy.
‘Our most borrowed titles at the moment include dystopian and futuristic adventures such as Crossed and Matched by Ally Condie, which is similar to the very popular Hunger Games. Other books, such as Slated by Teri Terry or Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly have a strong emphasis on feisty heroines. Other big fiction trends include Dork Diaries, aimed at girls, which are similar to the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and also the World of Norm series and Big Nate, which are illustrated, light-hearted reading and particularly appeal to boys. Students can request specific books or series and we are constantly updating our stock with the best in contemporary fiction for children and young adults.’