Ottery girl’s determination pays off to achieve Book Track award amid coronavirus lockdown

A nine-year-old avid reader from Ottery St Mary is celebrating achieving a Book Track award which she finished over email because of the coronavirus lockdown.

Esme Bromley, of West Hill, will be presented with a gold badge, certificate and a family day pass to Wildwood Escot, for finishing 100 books in a challenge that lasted two years and was spread across three libraries.

Esme, who enjoyed the Book Track challenge so much she would ‘love’ to do it again, included books on the human body in her must-read list, because the youngster hopes to become a doctor.


Esme with some of the books she has enjoyed as part of the library’s reading challenge.

The schoolgirl began her Book Track challenge to read 100 books two years ago at libraries in Pinhoe and Topsham.

When the youngster moved with her family to Ottery just over a year ago, she was ‘determined’ to carry on and achieve the award at Ottery St Mary Library.

When all libraries closed in March because of the coronavirus lockdown, Esme refused to give up.

Unable to discuss each finished book with the librarian, Esme wrote a detailed account of her final 15 reads and emailed them to the library.

The youngster said she ‘enjoyed’ non-fiction as much as fiction, adding ‘I love all the books I’ve read and can’t pick a favourite’.

The schoolgirl said the fictional books on her reading list had been ‘exciting, fun and enjoyable’, because she could use her imagination.

Non-fiction books read by Emse to reach her  Book Track goal of 100, included accounts of World War Two, history and the human body.

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Double celebration as brother and sister achieve Book Track gold at Ottery Library

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