SCORES of pupils from 65 secondary schools across Hampshire will meet at Winchester Discovery Centre on Monday June 21 to hear the winner of the 2010 Hampshire Book Award.

The annual award organised by Hampshire County Council, is presented for the best paperback fiction book published in 2009 for 11 to 13-year-olds.

Over 80 per cent of the county’s secondary schools have been involved in helping to choose the winner.

Two representatives from each school will give their final comments before the winner is announced.

The six shortlisted titles for 2010 are: Dot Robot – Jason Bradbury; Devil’s Kiss – Sarwat Chadda; The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins; Bang Bang you’re Dead – Narinder Dhami; The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman and The Medusa Project – Sophie Mckenzie.

Hampshire County Council executive member for culture and recreation, Margaret Snaith-Tempia said: “This is a fun and exciting way not only get children reading but analysing what they are reading as well. Every year the enthusiasm by the children keeps growing and the award is becoming a sought after prize by authors.”

The winning author will be invited to a presentation event in Winchester in the autumn.