Summer Holiday Wednesday Reads

Well, the Summer holidays soon crept up on us quickly- yikes! We’re three weeks in already and though our phones have been quiet, we’ve been catching up with our usual holiday jobs:  selecting books for projects, cataloguing lovely new books, weeding our stock, preparing for the autumn term, and of course, the thing we like to do the most- reading books!

So in the interest of getting back to our lengthy to-do lists, here is What we’re reading Wednesday!

Apryl: I caught up with lots of my ‘grown up’ to-read pile on my recent (honeymoon) adventure to the US, though I did buy several titles from the many brilliant bookshops I visited on my travels, even if my suitcase wasn’t best pleased with how much I tried to pack in it. Many of those I brought back with me were Newbery Medal winning or honored title books (the US equivalent of the Carnegie)- from the 2002 list, I’ve just started Polly Horvath’s Everything on a Waffle about a girl named Primrose whose parents disappear in a typhoon, leaving her to find comfort in a local diner.

Harriet: The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald. Aaah!  a story as warm as freshly baked apple tart – which is the point of course.  It is a tale of first love, misunderstandings, and devious and manipulative people who act selfishly out of envy and a need for power.  The theme is dark, opening on the funeral of a 14 year old boy who is thought to have committed suicide – except there is no body.  The scene is described by Meg, who continues to narrate some of the chapters, while for the rest we hear the boy Oscar’s voice.  Slightly reminiscent of Anne Fine’s The Tulip Touch, it will be enjoyed by KS3 readers.

Kirsten: The Grunts in Trouble by Philip Ardagh and A Girl is A Half Formed Thing – by Eimear McBride… reading both at the same time – and hugely enjoyed both their sessions at the Voewood Festival this weekend!

Mandy: Animal Opposites by Petr Horecek caught my eye this week. I love the vibrant colour used by this illustrator. His opposites are unusual: Heavy Hippo, Light Butterfly. His kangaroo positively bounds across the page and the page folds hide the surprise. Use this in your nursery and reception classes. It will be a good Maths Café book for KS1 too!

An archive of our wednesday reads can be found here.

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