Stan Lee Excelsior Award 2015



It is that time of year again (well, maybe slightly later than usual) when we return to thinking about Graphic Novels and shadowing the annual Stan Lee Excelsior Award for graphic novels and Manga.


This winner of this award is decided by pupils, aged 11 – 16, who read and then fill in a ratings form for each of the eight shortlisted books. These ratings forms are then sent off to the award coordinator to be collated with other forms from many other schools in the UK by April 24th so readers have plenty of time.

The eight shortlisted books finally arrived today and were processed and catalogued as a priority and they are now on display ready for borrowing.Processing SLEA

Information about the shortlisted books can be found on the official SLEA website. Click the image below to go to the website where further information about each title is available.

Screen shot of SLEA shortlisted books from the official website
Screen shot of SLEA shortlisted books from the official website:

House Points: Pupils reading and rating the books on the shortlist will be eligible for ONE house point for each book read and rating form filled and handed in.

UntitledReward Card: Pupils are also invited to take part in a reward card scheme whereby any who read and rate all eight shortlisted books and fill in a reward card will be put into a prize draw for a gift token (and other sundry prizes (eg. stationery or sweets). Further house points (hp) will be available for any completed (or partially completed) cards handed in. 1-2 books = 1 hp; 3-4 books = 2 hp; 5-6 books = 3 hp; 7-8 books = 4 hp.

Reading Record : A Reading Record task sheet for the shortlisted books is also available. You may use the SLEA Task Sheet provided to help you evaluate, rate and comment on each book prior to filling out the official ratings form. If you are in S1 or 2, you can use up to two of these sheets towards your Bronze or Silver Reading Record instead of any of the other task sheets.


Ratings forms are available in the library of can be downloaded from the ‘Resources‘ section of the official Stan Lee Excelsior Award website or copies are available from the display or Mrs Sinclair in the library.


Stan Lee Excelsior Award for Graphic Novels & Manga

It is that time of year again when eight graphic novels and manga, shortlisted for the Stan Lee Excelsior Award have recently arrived in school, been hastily processed and are now on display.


Also on display are a few non-fiction books about graphic novels, manga and illustration so if you want to learn more about the genre you can borrow these too.


This award is judged by young people 11-16 years of age who will read and rate each book in four areas: Story; Artwork; Characters; Dialogue. They may also make comments about the book as well. The rating forms are handed in then sent to the award founder and organiser, Paul Register, School Librarian at Ecclesfield School in Sheffield. These are then used to narrow the field down to 1st, 2nd and 3rd.


Last session, a few pupils took part in the award, but it is hoped more might take part this year as there appears to be a number of Graphic Novel readers in the (not so new) S1. Also, we are tying it in with the S1 and 2 Reading Record allowing pupils reading the shortlist to substitute up to two amended (silver) graphic novel task sheets for the usual required sheets. The pupils would also need to fill in the briefer official ratings form and hand in. There will also be a reward card, which on completion of all eight shortlisted books, will be entered into a prize draw.

Instructions for taking part in the SLEA

  1. Borrow one of the eight shortlisted books – get it stamped out by the Librarian.???????????????????????????????
  2. Use the SLEA task sheet provided to help you evaluate, rate and comment on each book. If you are in S1 or 2, you can use up to two of these sheets towards your Bronze or Silver Reading Record instead of any of the other task sheets.
  3.  Fill in an official SLEA Rating Form for each of the books you read and hand in to the Librarian.
  4. If you have a reward card get it stamped and initialled by the librarian when you hand in the rating form.

Reward Card

There are 8 Graphic Novels and Manga on the SLEA shortlist. If you read, evaluate and rate ALL eight of Reward card imagethe books you will receive a small prize. All fully completed cards will be entered into a prize draw for a £10 gift token. Ask Mrs Sinclair for the Reward Card.

Nearly February

It is hard to believe that were are already at the end of January. S4 Prelims have been and gone and S5 Prelims are due to start soon. February inservice and half term is next week – seems awfully soon! Weather has been mixed with snow in a small part of the West Mainland affecting one bus a week or so ago and storm force winds causing all school transport to be cancelled today. The school is quiet, yet the library is ‘busy’ in the sense of it is booked and the smaller classes are still coming to read, do research or use the computers.

The ’12 Words of Christmas’ competition presentation took place last week and our overall winner was from 2M. Her entry was forwarded to the national competition and was picked as a runner up by the author Anthony McGowan.

School results:

S1 – EW 1T The snowman looks sadly at the sky as streams of light emerge.

S2 – CM 2M The snow was whiter; the tree was brighter, when Santa was real.

S4/5/6 – IT Shimmering star sent startled shaggy shepherds, surprised, seeing sweet smiling sleeping son.

Staff – CM Shopping, cards, presents, decorating, concerts, cooking, parties, dancing, wrapping, cleaning. Knackered.

Two events / activities are currently planned for this term:

Pupils will be given an opportunity to read and judge graphic novels for the Stan Lee Excelsior Award. This award is a national one with pupils from many schools taking part. The graphic novels are now ready for borrowing and will be on display in the library. A Friday lunchtime group (with coffee or hot chocolate available) which is open to all who are interested, takes place from 12:45 – 1:15pm .

World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March. This is still in the planning stages, but it is hoped that there will be a lunchtim reading in the library. Free £1.00 book tokens will be available and can be exchanged for the special £1.00 books or used in part exchange for a full price book at local book shops. Plans also include a bookmark competition which ties in with a national one being run at the same time.

Manga & Graphic Novels

A new club looking at Manga and Graphic Novels has been set up in the library by the Librarian and an S4 pupil. The group meets every Friday lunchtime to discuss Manga and will also be looing at Anime films, and learning how to draw Manga.

We will also be shadowing the Stan Lee Excelsior Awards where we will look at and read 8 shortlisted Graphic Novela and Manga. The eight books on the shortlist are now available in the library for borrowing by any pupil whether attending the club or not.

If you read them you will be asked to fill out a simple evaluation form and give each book a rating (marks out of 5). There is also space to write a comment about the book if you wish. Forms are available from Mrs Sinclair or can be downloaded from the Resources section of the Award website.

STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES  by Tom Taylor and Chris Scalf (Dark Horse) ISBN: 978-0857681294

GATE 7 by CLAMP (Dark Horse) ISBN: 978-1595828064

WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Quick Text version) by Emily Bronte, Sean M. Wilson and John M. Burns (Classical Comics) ISBN: 978-1906332884

FF (Volume 1) by Jonathan Hickman, Steve Epting and Barry Kitson (Marvel) ISBN: 978-0785151449

MARINEMAN: A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEPTH by Ian Churchill (Image) ISBN: 978-1607063995

SITA: DAUGHTER OF THE EARTH by Saraswati Nagpal and Manikandan (Campfire)ISBN: 978-9380741253

CHIMICHANGA by Eric Powell (Dark Horse) ISBN: 978-1595827555

GREEN LANTERN: SECRET ORIGIN by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis (DC) ISBN: 978-0857682819