Schoolgirl Callie wins book competition

Callie Steggall
Callie Steggall
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A SCHOOLGIRL has proved she is a real bookworm after coming out on top in a reading competition.

Ten-year-old Callie Steggall, of Harbour Way, St Leonards, was one of scores of children across the county who entered the East Sussex Children’s Book Award 2011 contest.

Pupils from at least a dozen schools had to write a review on a chosen children’s book and Callie, who attends Battle and Langton School, chose Maskmaker by Jane Johnson.

The story is about a boy who is invited by his teacher to a mysterious mask shop where he is transported through time and space to recover a host of strange objects.

Out of all the children who wrote a review on the book, Callie was the overall winner.

She was presented with a certificate and won a book called The Secret Country, also by children’s author Jane Johnson.

Callie’s proud mum Karen said: “Callie has always got her nose buried in a book and could read by the time she was four. She has always loved books and been a terrific storyteller. She was chuffed after finding out she had won.”