Young readers at Tupton Hall School enjoyed a book buying bonanza after the school library secured a £500 grant.
The school was awarded the prize from the Siobhan Dowd Trust which gives grants to be spent in local independent bookshops.
Twelve eager readers from Years 7, 8 and 9 travelled to Scarthin Books in Cromford, Derbyshire, to help choose the books to be bought with the winnings.
Stepping inside the shop they were amazed by the labyrinthine rooms and corridors stacked floor to ceiling with books of every description. Once inside the children’s room with its impressive art installation they were engrossed and didn’t want to leave.
Librarian Mrs Pickering, who organised the trip, said: "It was great to see students reading the blurb and the first few pages when choosing each book, not just judging by the cover. It proved that their library skills lessons have not been in vain."
"They were all surprised at how quickly they spent the money and would have liked to have chosen a lot more."
"Popular genres were dystopian novels and grisly crime thrillers. Most of the students bought paperbacks rather than hardbacks to get more for their money."
"We'd like to say a huge 'thank you' to the Siobhan Dowd Trust for providing us with this amazing opportunity, which is open to all schools to apply for."
Look out for plenty of new books coming to the library shelves soon!
See the GALLERY for more photos.