Tag Archives: Our Favorite Books

¡Hola! World Book Day

Thursday March 3rd is World Book Day for the UK. Nottingham author Kim Slater is visiting us for a round of Year 7 Writing Workshops with her first novel, Smart, receiving multiple book award nominations and four prizes to date. … Continue reading

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Seven Stories is 10 Years Old

No, that is not a grammatical error. Seven Stories is the home for British children’s literature, the National Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle. Housed in what used to be a Victorian mill with beautiful views of the Ouseburn River, … Continue reading

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Man Booker Short List Pop-Up Bk Gp.

There is a very interesting Short List this year for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. The prize is worth £50,000 to the winner of the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK.  The authors are from Nigeria, … Continue reading

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Dog Loves Books on WBD

This post is a little late but this year World Book Day featured a different approach, taken by four pupils, to the regular WBD assembly honouring our love of books. Inspired by an Arabic translation of the excellent Dog Loves Books … Continue reading

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The Fault in our Stars

John Green’s The Fault in our Stars, unsentimental but humane, is a bestseller with good reason.   It illustrates the way we can prevail through the worst of circumstances; a way we can manage the unchartered areas of our lives, adult or child.   (His … Continue reading

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Where the Wild Things Are

Where The Wild Things Are was written 51 years ago in 1963 and the changes it made to children’s publishing and what was considered suitable for children to read were enormous. Now it has sold over 20 million copies and many … Continue reading

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MEANWHlLE…

This month at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, not only does this year’s programme see the inauguration of an entire themed sub-festival called Stripped, but also the first presentation of the 9th Art Award, an international prize for graphic fiction. … Continue reading

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Transcending Books (No.1)

“We cannot change what happened anymore. The only thing we can do is to learn from the past and to realise what discrimination and persecution of innocent people means.  I believe that it’s everyone’s responsibility to fight prejudice” Otto Frank … Continue reading

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Blame my Brain

Yesterday, at a Librarians Conference at Trent College, the author Nicola Mogan gave a  talk about The Teenage Brain and Literacy.  Published in 2005,  I have had Nicola’s excellent book, Blame my Brain, on my Library shelves for many years and it is highly regarded … Continue reading

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Books worth sharing with your parents.

At a time when young people seem to be under sustained attack in the media,  stereotyped by a society that thinks they have everything and value nothing, misunderstood by busy distracted parents, scowled at by strangers; three moving new young- adult books this year reminded me … Continue reading

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