At the beginning of last week, the 2015 SLA Inspiration Award was won by not one but TWO schools- one of which was from Norfolk: All Saints CEVA Primary in Stibbard!
Everyone in our team was pleased to hear that the school had triumphed, not just because they’re within our region but also because we worked with them on aspects of their library refurbishment. Their library space underwent a huge transformation and we were so pleased to see that their vision and hard-work received such praise; congratulations to the school and staff, and of course the children who now have an even better library to use!
We’d also like to congratulate the other winning school, Valley Park in Maidstone, and also give a big well done to those who were nominated (including another Norfolk school, Howard Junior!)
Now: some Friday Reads!
Georgie: Jessica’s Ghost by Andrew Norriss
“Francis has never had a friend like Jessica before. She’s the first person he’s met who can make him feel completely himself. Jessica has never had a friend like Francis before. Not just because he’s someone to laugh with every day – but because he’s the first person who has ever been able to see her.”
This YA Novel is about a lonely boy and a lonely girl who find sanctuary in each other’s company. The only problem: Jessica is dead. As the tale unfolds we follow Jessica and Francis’ friendship including the highs and lows of their own existence.
I really enjoyed this eBook because although the story uses the supernatural the actual issues it addresses are very real. Norriss shows the reader how difficult life can be when you’re a teenager who is considered ‘different’.
(David Fickling Books, £10.99 hardback, ISBN 9781910200339, available on our Norfolk SLS eBook Lending Platform)
Harriet: Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
I’m not sure how much children will learn factually about the Frozen North from this story if read alongside the new curriculum, but it’s great fun, and a very moral tale with some lovely language right from the first sentence: ‘Winter came in the night, like a white sheet laid over the world’. Also available as an ebook, it’s a most attractive hardback production, as are the two earlier stories by this talented pair: Oliver and the Seawigs and Cakes in Space.
(Oxford University Press, £8.99 hardback, ISBN 9780192734570, find it here on the NLIS catalogue)
Mandy: A Rock is Lovely by Diana Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long
This beautifully illustrated narrative non-fiction book would certainly help to enliven your Rock and Minerals and Stone Age topics. Language is poetic, layout is imaginative. Teachers on a recent Outstanding English course were very excited about the possibilities this book offers. Who knew rocks could be lively?!
(Chronicle Books, £5.99 paperback, ISBN 9781452145556)
Zoë: Blitzcat by Robert Westall
Lord Gort gets confused when her owners move house because of a military posting. She has many adventures, whilst seeking out her master, which take her around the country, as well as into France.
From the cat’s perspective, this is a beautifully written book about her travels during World War II. It is aimed at mature readers in UKS2, due to the language and story content.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed the story as this is not my usual choice of genre. Nevertheless I couldn’t put it down as I was keen to know where Lord Gort would go next, whom she would encounter and how her presence would impact on their lives.
(Macmillan, £5.99 paperback, ISBN 9781447284604, find it here on the NLIS catalogue)
You can find all of our previous friday reads here.