The summer has whizzed past us and by the end of next week Norfolk pupils will be back at school, ready to learn (and some might even be awaiting our project boxes!)
This year’s Summer Reading Challenge will also be coming to an end shortly and whether you’ve been participating yourself or encouraging young readers to devour as many books as possible, we hope you had fun and found some great reads in the process! We’ve really enjoyed following the #SummerReadingChallenge hashtag on twitter over the break and it has been brilliant to see what other readers have been up to across the country- why not have a look yourselves?
The ImagiNation project has also been running over the holidays; a collaboration between multiple authorities in the East, 11-18 year olds have been creatively responding to the books they’ve been reading and the work they’ve been sharing on the blog has been great to see- visit the ImagiNation edublog to see what we’re talking about; we love this 3D reimagining of Cowgirl by G.R. Gemin, and this stop-motion animation inspired by the caped crusader himself, Batman!
Now- Friday Reads (and sorry we didn’t post last week!)
Apryl: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Lots of chatter around this book has focused on how it has a similar tone to the work of John Green but I think it’s brilliant in its own right and a cut above much of the YA published in the wake of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ success. Violet Markey and Theodore Finch accidentally meet in their high school bell-tower and from there their friendship builds into something more complex as the pair travel across their native Indiana for a school project. The book deals with loss, survival, depression and overcoming your fears and by the time I finished it, I was in floods of tears because of how fond I’d grown of the protagonists. A must read for YA fans (and I now eagerly await the film adaptation in 2016!)
(Puffin, £7.99 paperback, ISBN 9780141357034)
Georgie: Eric, the Boy who Lost his Gravity by Jenni Desmond
This story focuses on the relationship between a brother and sister. Eric, is so angry at his sister Alice that he loses his gravity and floats away! The powerful illustrations help to visualise not only the frustrations that exist between siblings, but how their affections for each other will continue to develop as they grow. Good for ‘Ourselves’ topic at EYFS and KS1.
(Blue Apple Books, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781609053482)
Harriet: Wall by Tom Clohosy Cole
This picture book begins with the sudden appearance of the Berlin wall, which divides a father from his young family. Dark illustrations convey the totally devastating barrier the wall represented, but this particular family are reunited thanks to a compassionate soldier, and there is even humour at the end. And of course we know now the story has an even happier ending, and this unusual setting can lead to lots of discussion.
(Templar, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781783700776)
Mandy: The Dragon Path by Helen Moss
Helen’s previous titles have been great Enid Blyton style adventures for y4/5. This new series (Secrets of the Tombs) is a real step up, great for Y5/6/7. The first is set in Egypt. This one, set in China, is a great adventure, set in a fascinating and unusual location with plenty of references to Qin Dynasty history. All the scrapes the children get into (and out of) are totally over the top…but that’s why it works so well! Puzzles, riddles, symbols and physical challenges keep the brain working through the adventure.
(Orion, £7.99 paperback, ISBN 9781444010411)
(Our Friday Reads archive can be found here)