Hello Half Term!

It’s been quiet in our office this week; it’s half term, but though the phones haven’t been ringing quite as much as normal, we’ve been preparing ourselves for a busy November out and about at a few conferences, as well as some INSET training and the Norfolk heat of the 2015 Kids’ Lit Quiz!

A couple of things worth taking a look at:

  • Firstly, the entry window for the SLA pupil library assistant of the year has been extended until 13th November, details of which can be found here. Last year’s winner, Abbi, attended Aylsham High in Norfolk and her account of winning the prize makes for a wonderful read. If you have any students you feel deserve recognition, make sure you nominate them before the closing date.
  • You can now register to enter the 2016 National Short Story Week Young Writer competition and there are only spaces for 300 schools, so visit the page here ASAP to sign up your school! The top stories will be published in a paperback and ebook during National Short Story Week 2016 and all royalties generated from sales will go to Teenage Cancer Trust.
  • The 2016 World Book Day award was launched last week, a competition sponsored by author James Patterson which gives schools the opportunity to win £10,000 worth of books for their library. There are also second and third place prizes of £5000 and £3000 up for grabs! To enter, schools must respond creatively to the question “where does your reading take you?” with competition due by 1st December 2015. Winners will be selected by James Patterson himself with help from children’s laureate Chris Riddell. For more information about the competition, including details of how to enter, visit the website here: http://worldbookday.com/wobod/

…and now for some friday reads!

Georgie: Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine

fire colour“I call my mother Hannah because she told me to. When I was about seven, she said it was time to stop being a baby and start using her proper name”

Fire Colour One is the story of Iris, a teenage girl who is sent – by her mother – to visit her dying father in England in the hope that he might leave his considerable estate to her. The language is beautiful and characters described painstakingly well. Iris’ obsession with fire is clearly a metaphor for money and makes parallels between their destructive powers. It is definitely a book that will stay in your mind for weeks after!

(Harper Collins, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9780007512362, find it here on the NLIS catalogue)

Harriet: Writing in the Sand by Helen Brandom 

writingAfter a traumatic and visceral beginning, this young adult novel settles into a sweet and at times heart-wrenching very contemporary tale.  Although it covers many issues including teenage pregnancy, child carers, special needs and fostering, it doesn’t feel over-loaded and ends on an optimistic note.

(Usborne, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781409563914, find it here on the NLIS eBook catalogue)

Zoë: A Royal Tea for Royalty by Ellie Simmonds

royalThis is a charming story is the fourth in the ‘Ellie’s Magical Bakery’ series from Paralympian Swimmer, Ellie Simmonds, who features as the main character and was clearly inspired by her appearance in the ‘Great Comic Relief Bake-Off’.

Wonderful illustrations and descriptive language bring the characters alive in this book for readers who are extending themselves with chapter books. And Ellie’s bakes sound mouth-watering!

Ellie is a great baker, with villagers far and wide coming to buy her delicious cakes. Victoria Sponge, a fairy, is the secret to her success, as with Ellie’s father who had also been a great baker. She also loves swimming and longs to swim in the pool at the Olympic Park in London. A sudden gust of wind brings a piece of paper to Ellie’s feet. It gives details for a baking competition with a VIP judge and a prize of £1000 at the village hall. Basil, her best friend, suggests she enters as he knows she would win. Ellie thinks of a plan to help her relations win as the national finals are at the Olympic Park.

(Red Fox, £5.99, ISBN 9781782952695, find it here on the NLIS catalogue)

(You can find our previous Friday Reads here)


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