London, 11th May 2009:
The youth panel members are Lily Dessau (16), Joe Kerridge (16), Clarissa Pabi (18), Rossana Duarte (18), Francis Gene-Rowe (18) and Max Elsworth (19).
The panel have also been sharing their experiences of judging a book prize publicly on Spinebreakers since they began reading in March.
She continues, "If ever proof was needed that what matters is a passion for reading, not age or previous experience in this area, then this panel is it and we are very grateful to them all for giving up their time at such a busy point in the academic year."
"Max Elsworth, 19, on Girl in a Blue Dress, "it is fervidly written, enthralling and charming. The characters are endearingly witty, amiable and vivid; Arnold conveys this Victorian scenario perfectly."
Lily Dessau, 16, on The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser:"The Lost Dog is a poetically written and moving depiction of relationships between mothers and sons, friends and families, both painfully and beautifully true."