Books of the Year and Kids’ Lit Quiz!

Two exciting things happened in our office this week:

Firstly, the Peters Book of the Year shortlists were announced (see them all here); both of our KS2 fiction discussion groups will be championing the event, reading all of the books on the junior fiction list and sharing them with their classes. We’ll be profiling their progress here on the blog, and you can see our special PBOTY16 page here. Some really wonderful books made the shortlist this year, so we’re keen to hear their thoughts between now and March, when the winner is announced.

Secondly, yesterday afternoon saw our annual foray into the world of quiz-hosting when our team traveled to The Thetford Academy for the Norfolk regional heat of the Kids’ Lit Quiz. We’ll be posting a full account of the event next week, but we’d like to give a HUGE congratulations to returning winners Litcham School’s A Team who triumphed once again and won with 89 points! Thorpe St Andrew’s B team came second with 80 points, and Thetford Grammar’s A team came third with 75.5 points. As you’ll see next week, the scores were incredibly close which means Norfolk really is home to some incredibly well-read young people- well done to you all! If you can’t wait for our full report and wanted a run-down of the afternoon, why not take a look at our storify page for the event here– we’ll be adding to it!

A couple of quick friday reads, anyone?

Georgie: Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams

grandpaIn some ways, I am not really sure why I am writing this review. I imagine every single child (and some adults!) will have read this book by now. Funny, witty, and sadness combined, Walliams has once again managed to embed real-life situations into a hilarious plot. My favourite character had to be the newsagent, Raj. I loved how he tried to sell Jack a thousand Christmas cards and a pre-licked lollipop!

Dementia is something that so many young people will be dealing with right now and I believe this story will help towards their own understanding of this truly terrible disease. FANTASTIC!

(Harper Colins, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9780007494019, find it here on the NLIS catalogue or on our eBook platform)

Harriet: Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

murderThis is a boarding school murder mystery story set in the 1930s. It must feel like a total fantasy world to the average contemporary child, so the serious nature of the plot will seem remote and not disturb unduly. However, although fairly light it does touch on racism, as the narrator arrives from Hong Kong to join the school at a time when few Asian children were coming to England. It is one of a series for girls, years 6 to 7 who enjoy the Agatha Christie/Angela Brazil type yarn.

(Corgi, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9780552570725, find it here on the NLIS catalogue)

(you can view our previous friday read recommendations here)


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