Little monkeys, we asked you to inspire us and others with stories of your adventures and you certainly didn’t disappoint!
The Tribe here at Banana HQ smiled, laughed and sometimes even shed a tear or two whilst reading tales of your awesome adventures! We had the best time reading every single story and felt well and truly inspired which made picking our faves even harder.
But we knew we had to narrow them down. And so, after much deliberation, we have finally chosen our winners!
In the 8-12 years category, 10-year-old Max Onslow of Southampton won a party in the treetops for his touching, non-fictional account of his parents’ experience with the Thailand tsunami. The end reads: When we are older we are going to visit Thailand to see the island with the giant wave and see how nature and people have mended the island and have made it a happy place again.
Rosie Levene, also 10, got our vote for best fiction, winning a party for penning a story about three orangutans called Ting, Tang and baby Tong, and their escape to ‘The Wild’. The award for best use of language went to another Rosie, Rosie James of Chelmsford for her depiction of a mysterious place known as The Cave.
A heap of adventure books are making their way to Rosie as well as to 10-year-old Thomas Horner for his story, which won best character. Or we should say, characters, with the story including lots of fun animals and creatures, like Ringo the Beetle, Oliver the Owl and Barry the Belchwarbler!
Winners in the 4-7 category include 6-year-old Ellen Grace from Hereford, who won a school trip by writing about an exciting adventure she embarked on in the forest, where she hunted for the Gruffalo!
Tobias Richardson, 7, from Bracknell won a trip for his school tribe for his story about a puzzling crash that took place outside of a bat cave; and fellow 7-year-old Max Count won books for best character, which was none other than King Kong himself!
Wow. What can we say? We’re well and truly amazed by your efforts, little monkeys! Your exciting stories are not only brilliant, but they will help us Go Ape to succeed at our mission, which is to encourage others to live life adventurously!