MEET THE 2018/2019 OXFORD BIG READ ASIA WINNERS

INSPIRED BY READING

This year, student champions participating in Oxford Big Read selected books of their choice from lists of qualifying OUP readers. The students’ reading selections reflect both classic and contemporary themes. Winning submissions demonstrated thoughtful design, well-crafted essays, and critical thinking.

Participating branches of Oxford University Press including ChinaIndiaMalaysia, and Pakistan, received thousands of submissions through participating schools and institutions and choose winners in their respective national campaigns. These winners became semi-finalists in the regional Oxford Big Read Asia campaign. Below you will meet the winners of our first annual regional campaign.

CATEGORIES FOR PARTICIPATION

CATEGORY 1: DESIGN A NEW BOOK JACKET

* For those aged 5 years old to 8 years old at the time of entry

All participants read an OUP book and then designed a new book cover for the book.

CATEGORY 2: TELL US WHAT YOU FOUND INTERESTING ABOUT THE BOOK OR WHAT YOU WOULD CHANGE

* For those aged 9 years old to 12 years old at the time of entry

All participants read an OUP book and then wrote a written response describing what they found interesting or what they would change about the book.

CATEGORY 3: WRITE A CRITICAL REVIEW OF AN OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS BOOK

* For those aged 13 years old to 15 years old at the time of entry

All participants read an OUP book and wrote a critical review describing the theme, plot, and characters.

Meet Our Judge

The judge for this year’s regional competition is Martin Alexander, editor of Asia Literary Review. Read Martin’s Bio

Awards and Prizes

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Three Winners will each receive:

- an iPad
- an Oxford University Press book bundle
- an official award certificate

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Three Runners-up will each receive:

- a cash award or gift certificate (equivalent to 100 GBP)
- an Oxford University Press book bundle
- an official award certificate

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Three Special Commendations will each receive:

- an Oxford University Press book bundle
- an official award certificate

Announcing the official regional winners of the 2018/2019

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Congratulations to all our champion artists and scholars!

Category 1

Design a New Book Jacket

Winner
Ages 5-8

Name: B. R. Nimeesha

Entry: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

School: Sri Aurobindo Mira Universal School / Madurai

Country: India

Teacher: Abilash, Managing Director

Excellent design skills integrating tiger and tree. Fluent, accurate, stylish. Effective teaser.

Runner-up
Ages 5-8

Name: Chen Weilin

Entry: Making Faces, series by Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta

School: Jiang Guangnai Memorial Primary School, Liwan District, Guangzhou

Country: China

I really liked the cover design!

Special Commendation
Ages 5-8

Name: Li Yijian

Entry: The Litter Queen by Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta

School: Vanke Kindergarten

Country: China

Teacger: Zhuang Yongqing

Very lively and striking cover.

Category 2

TELL US WHAT YOU FOUND INTERESTING ABOUT THE BOOK OR WHAT YOU WOULD CHANGE

Winner
Ages 9-12

Name: Ananya Sheorey

Entry: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

School: The CDS School / Nagpur

Country: India

Teacher: Nisha Saraf, Director

Excellent – very mature style and a sophisticated understanding of plot, character and theme.

Runner-up
Ages 9-12

Name: Saara Sen

Entry: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

School: Centre Point School / Wardhaman Nagar / Nagpur

Country: India

Teacher: Sumathi Venugopalan, Principal

Word-processed. Very maturely written. Long, detailed and perceptive.

Special Commendation
Ages 9-12

Name: Faith Liang

Entry: Tales of the Underworld by Susan Price

School: Eagles Grammar International School

Country: Malaysia

Teacher: Ms Jean

This is full of exuberant energy and really makes the reader feel the joy of a happy ending for Orpheus and Eurydice!

Category 3

WRITE A CRITICAL REVIEW OF AN OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS BOOK

Winner
Ages 13-15

Name: Neha Chhajed

Entry: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

School: Bhavan’s BP Vidya Mandir / Nagpur

Country: India

Teacher: Anju Bhutani, Principal

Well written and detailed, especially about character. Good personal engagement.

Runner-up
Ages 13-15

Name: Sama S. Jahagirdar

Entry: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, retold by Julia Golding

School: Bhavan’s BP Vidya Mandir / Nagpur

Country: India

Teacher: Anju Bhutani, Principal

Lively and enthusiastic with thoughtful comment and good perseonal engagement.

Special Commendation
Ages 13-15

Name: Hasan Adil

Entry: Munna Man and Baby Lady: The Case of the Aunty Brigade by Shahbano Bilgrami

School: Siddeeq Public School / Islamabad

Country: Pakistan

Teacher: Sir Kashif Tahir

Lively and engaged, with enthusiastic appreciation of linguistic and cultural qualities.

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