Bookworm Sabrina wows judges in Shire challenge

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A Banchory Academy pupils has scooped the top prize in Aberdeenshire Council’s annual Summer Reading Challenge.

Sabrina Pirie, age 12, wowed the judges with her imaginative tale featuring vampires, black cats and travelling both back and forwards in time.

Competition was tough as children of all ages across Aberdeenshire submitted pictures and stories based on this year’s theme of ‘travel through time with a good book’.

The theme was chosen to tie in with historical events including the centenary of the First World War.

Local author Deborah Leslie wrote an opening paragraph for the story to give the young writers a starting point.

Aberdeenshire Librarian Katie Norris said: “The Summer Reading Challenge was an excellent, inclusive programme that allowed children of all ages to increase their reading ability and develop their literacy skills while feeling part of something and having fun in the process.

“Such skills are crucial for children as they learn and grow.

‘‘We have enjoyed witnessing the talents of Aberdeenshire’s budding artists and authors, so the judging has not been easy.”

Sabrina’s literary skill has won a trip for her class to visit the Poppyscotland headquarters in Edinburgh. The prize will be presented to Sabrina and her classmates.

The challenge, sponsored by Total E&P UK, is now in its 14th year and has proved as popular as ever.