During the summer we asked children to finish short stories started by six well-known authors in the Summer Reading Challenge's Story Lab Finish the Story (Share the Glory!) competition. Emily, aged 9 from Crewe was our overall winner and won a laptop! Emily finished the story Red Man Green Man, started by Julia Donaldson
This week, Paul Bayley, Cheshire East Council's Customer Services and Libraries Manager presented her prize, on behalf of The Reading Agency, at a special ceremony at Crewe Library.
Emily said: "I feel very excited; it is a really great privilege to win a competition as big as this, and for Julia Donaldson to have read my story and think it is good."
Julia Donaldson, Children's Laureate and author of such bestselling children's books as The Gruffalo, had this to say about Emily's story: "I really liked Emily's story. It was inventive and original. I especially enjoyed the way the Red and Green man travelled 'by traffic light' to Blackpool, and I thought the ending - where they became part of the Blackpool illuminations - was a brilliant touch. Many congratulations to Emily."
Read Emily's winning story
Read the other winning stories