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Meet the Judges: Charlie

The Inky Award judges have 20 books to read in two months and the shadow judges had a month to read two books each… so I set them some extra work! I asked them to tell us a bit about themselves so we can get to know them a bit better. Curious about who is hard at work creating the Inky Awards shortlist? Meet them in our Meet the Judges series.

Today we meet judge Charlie

My favourite book when I was little:

My favourite book when I was little would have to be The Twits by Roald Dahl, I read it over and over again I swear I can repeat the first 2 chapters off by heart. I used to get scared that I was going to get stuck upside down one day if i did too many hand-stands, so I didn’t do any for a very, very long time.

Most unusual place you might find me reading:

I read almost anywhere but I read lying down in the middle of the floor and upside down on chairs. I have a theory that this position allows the circulation of blood to your brain to become more efficient so you can read faster ( I’m joking, I’m joking. Though it is rather comfortable)

A book I have read that I wish more people would read:

On the topic of Roald Dahl, I really wish that more people would read his short stories collection (not the children ones), they are so creepy, unnerving, and unpredictable it gives you the heebie-jeebies but you always makes you want to read the next story. I highly recommend this to any horror-loving young readers who are just dipping their big toe in the Stephen King pool. My personal favourite of Roald Dahl’s short stories is Lamb to the Slaughter.

A book cover that I love:

I really love the covers of the Mysterious Benedict Society series, written by Trenton Lee Stewart and the cover illustration by Diana Sudyka, and the small illustrations through out each chapter, for much younger readers it made the transition to books with larger amounts of texts a whole lot easier. Each book in the series adopted the same style but each very clearly different; seamlessly tying all the adventures of the young children together.

My controversial opinion about books/reading:

As I have gotten older I have began to dislike (here comes the controversial opinion) Harry Potter more and more. J.K.Rowling has created a classic for many children across the globe, inspired many young writers, and even nearly changed the meaning for “fantasy fiction” (after Tolkien of course) but Harry Potter is such a lame kid. I would much rather read an epic story with Hermione as the lead heroine, rather than Harry Complaining 90% of the Time Again vol. 5.  The books were awesome but I would much prefer a strong quirky lead and someone who (pardon my french) wasn’t a butt to all of his friends.

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I was so shook when I read you didn't like harry potter, but as I went through, I couldsee what you mean. yeah Harry's pretty annoying a lot of the time, which is probably why he's not my favourite character (I've never met someone who says Harry is there favourite character), but the world is pretty amazing, and yeah, i'd totally love to see an entire epic story about Hermione using her brain and being awesome!

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