Sunderland bookworm named top reader

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A BOOKWORM from Wearside has read her way to regional award.

Ten-year-old Sally Cumming ploughed through 93 books in two months, to take the Most Books Read prize in the North East heats of the Read for My School competition.

Sally, who goes to Hill View Junior School, was given the award at a ceremony organised by The Pearson Foundation and Book Trust, with support from the Department of Education, at Newcastle City Library.

A total of 76 North East schools took part in the contest, with pupils logging nearly 17,000 books on the competition website between them.

Of these books, 49 per cent were read from the free online library and 51 per cent were read offline.

The average number of books read by each school in the region was 220.

Fellow Hill View pupil, Claudia Colling, also 10, was at the event as well to pick up the award for the Most Interesting Written Responses to Books Read in the North East award.

Sally and Claudia were presented with their prizes by Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson and children’s author David Almond.

The competition ran from January to March this year.

It involved thousands of primary pupils in years five and six, who were challenged to read as many books as they could from eight categories and log their progress on www.readformyschool.co.uk.