Wonderful Wednesday Reads!

mobile display sept 14A few weeks into the new term and we’re excited to be back in the swing of things- projects have been sent and our mobile has had its first full week of school visits. Before heading back out across the county, though, it was given a post-summer makeover inside.

If you or your pupils have the chance to pop onboard during a visit this term, make sure you add a note to our current interactive display! We’d love to know your favourite book or even what you’re enjoying at the moment.

With that in mind (a seamless segue indeed!), here is this week’s edition of What we’re reading Wednesday!

Apryl: A friend of mine gave me a copy of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay sometime last year and it had been sitting on my shelf until a recent trip to the cinema where I saw a trailer for the new film adaptation. This caused me to pick it up and finally give it a read; while I wasn’t particularly overwhelmed by it, I did think it was an incredibly interesting concept for a book and I very much liked that it was set in the Pacific North-West of the United States: any book which references my favourite city in North America (Portland, Oregon) earns a few brownie points with me!

Gail: I have just started The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett and have been immediately drawn in by the rich writing and rounded characters. Set in WW2, it also weaves in a  ghost story from the Plantagenet period. Would be suitable for Y6’s

Harriet: Global Kids, published by Big & Small, is a series of stories written originally in Korean, each set in a different – so far Asian – country, and suitable for upper KS1/lower KS2.  They have all been translated by Joy Cowley, but the original authors and illustrators are all different. They offer an interesting and attractive addition to our books reflecting global dimensions.  Each starts with an illustrated story, usually about customs and incorporating indigenous vocabulary which are explained in  brief notes at the bottom of the page.  Further expanded notes, photographs and a map come after the story.  Countries published so far include Mongolia and Vietnam. Those in the series I’ve enjoyed so far include Where the Winds Meet and Dad’s Favourite Cookie.

Kirsten: I am lucky enough to have had a week in the sun and spent it catching up with recommendations…

I read Goose by Dawn O’Porter as a library E book that I downloaded on my smart phone…  it was so easy to do – why  haven’t I done it before?! Perfect for reading while travelling.. if a bit tear-jerking in parts…it certainly took my mind off lifting off and landing! This sequel is just as full of the mix of light hearted cultural ‘coming of age’ references and tragedy that the first book Paper Aeroplanes has…. the consequences of ill thought out actions are about as bad as they can get…  Although it is Teen / YA there are sexual references meaning it is unlikely to be suitable for younger teens but it’s not erotic or ‘sexy’… more frank and informatively cautionary.

Holiday ‘reading’ also included an E audio book from the library – downloaded to my phone (again – so easy!) The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick is simply delightful – the subtle sound effects in the audio book bring the story of an orphan in 1930s Paris to life as the illustrations do for the book.

I have also nearly finished Gone Girl – I am relishing the whiplash inducing twists and turns of the plot, and looking forward to seeing the film adaptation due out on the 3rd October – not long to wait! I do love a good bit of crime fiction and this is a full on page turner.. depending on the Age Rating of the film this may boost its popularity even more with young people.

Mandy:  Secrets of the Seashore by Carron Brown and Alyssa Nassner; I know that summer is over (boo) but we may get a few more trips to the beach and here is a great book to share with your KS1 children. Each spread is cleverly designed to reveal  creatures hiding in the rock pool, shell or under the sand, but only when you hold the page up to the light or shine a light through the page. The engaging illustrations conceal the creature without looking empty, and the text is very simple but lively.

All past Wednesday read posts can be found here.

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