Hello September!

Well, somehow it’s September- the summer holidays are officially over and don’t we know it; we’ve been inundated with project loan requests in the last few days which is a definite sign that teachers are back in and looking toward the new term and the new curriculum. We’ve had the usual mix of interesting topics, but we’ve noticed how the new curriculum has taken hold- we’ve issued more stone age, iron age and bronze age projects than ever!

Though lots of our time recently has been occupied with “new year” work, we have found a little bit time to read a few books, so here is our What we’re reading Wednesday recap…

Apryl:  Much hyped on twitter and in the blogosphere, We Were Liars by E.L. Lockhart was a book I’d been waiting to read for months. I’d missed out on Hot Key Books official readalong (absolutely brilliant idea) but at 9am on a soggy sunday I finally sat down to read it and by 1.30pm I was done! WHAT A READ!! I’d been really worried that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations but I was really impressed- a story full of suspense, intrigue and twists I didn’t see coming, and full characters I immediately fell in love with. Definitely worth a look and definitely worth inclusion on the longlist for the guardian children’s fiction prize, which was announced in July.

Caroline: I recently read Heather Butler’s moving Us Minus Mum, a story of two young brothers dealing with the loss of their Mum. The story was lovely and sensitively deals with a very difficult subject.

Gail: I am reading The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M Valente. The third in a fairytale fantasy series, and best for capable girl readers! The prose is a delicious feast of unusual vocabulary and long sentences with an old-fashioned feel. I’m enjoying it but it does make the narrative slowgoing and would probably deter some readers.

Harriet: Bone Jack by Sara Crowe- I have just finished, and cried over, this most exciting, atmospheric and haunting novel.  It is the story of the frailty of humans, and how when sometimes the tragedies of life become too much for one person to bear there are terrible repercussions for their families and the people who love them.  A major character of this book is the landscape: the rugged mountains and valleys of Wales, and the ghosts and traditions which are as old as that landscape.  It is a story of broken friendship and grief, yet there is still plenty of humour, and the mundanity of everyday life keeps it from feeling too fey and artificial.  One for lovers of Alan Garner, perhaps, and anyone who enjoys an exciting adventure with an element of the supernatural, but made really compelling because the heroes are likeable young people struggling to understand the fallibilities of relationships and the adults who are supposed to protect them.

Mandy: Oi Frog! by Kes Gray and Jim Field- A certain 3 year old I know very well, and her dad, loved this book! The endpapers alone, covered in delightful frogs, are enough to sell this book to me. It celebrates language and rhyme and will support your reception class and Y1 with phonics while making them giggle – just what DO dogs sit on??

Read anything good lately? Why not let us know! You can also find the archive of our past wednesday reads here.

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