PUPILS from secondary schools across the borough put their heads together to vote for their book of the year on World Book Day.
A number of schools presented the case for this or that tome, and Vyners School in Ickenham, won the best presentation award on Thursday last week.
Children’s author John Brindley, writer of thriller The Rule of Claw, then gave a talk to the pupils gathered at Winston Churchill Hall in Pinn Way, Ruislip, before they voted on their favourite novel from a shortlist of six.
The Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor Michael Markham, announced the winner – a runaway victory for The Hunting Ground by Cliff McNish, which is now officially Hillingdon’s book of the year.
Sarwat Chadda’s book, Ash Mistry and The Savage Fortress, came second, and Goblins by Philip Reeve was third.
The runners-up were Call Me Drog by Sue Cowing, Twelve Minutes To Midnight by Christopher Edge, and The Prince Who Walked With Lions by Elizabeth Laird.
n Alice in Wonderland was a popular theme at Harefield Junior School’s World Book Day fancy dress competition.
Layla Dundon, 11, who dressed as The Mad Hatter, and Robyn Prendergast, 10, as The Queen of Hearts, won the best costume prizes in their classes.
Other class winners included Jamie Trotman, eight, as Dennis the Menace, and Christopher Fitzgerald, nine, who wore fake facial hair and a wig to become Captain Jack Sparrow. Aaron Mahon, seven, scooped his class prize and got into character as Captain Underpants, and Lily Szabo, eight, was rewarded for her Sapphire Battersea get-up.
Prizes were also awarded to Jessica Goodliffe, eight, who was Winnie The Witch; Paris Smith, 10, as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory brat Veruca Salt; and Avesta Maqsudi, eight, who was a convincing Cleopatra.
n From adventurer Tintin to Little Red Riding Hood and Batman, to Alice taking a break from Wonderland, the children and staff of Charville Primary School, Hayes, arrived at school dressed as their favourite literary characters for World Book Day.
Also among the animated pack, who readily ditched their school uniforms for the annual literary dressing up tradition were 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella de Vil, Jack of beanstalk fame and all manner of fairies and princesses.