The Great Carnegie Friday Read has begun…!

As the second week of the holidays comes to an end, our project boxes have been collected by the courier and will be making their way into Norfolk schools next week. The phones have been quiet but we’ve been busy, and we hope your pupils are pleased with the books we’ve selected for their use this term!

Though we’re looking toward the next term, this week we did post a report about our involvement in championing the Peters Book of the Year, which you can read here (just in case you missed it!)

Below: this week’s Friday Reads!

Apryl: Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine

fire colourAs with every year, the recent announcement of the Carnegie shortlists made me spring into action, determined to read all of the titles in the running for the prestigious title. This is the first I’ve picked up and WOW- what a great place to start.

I really liked this; beautifully written and capturing wonderfully the voice of a girl, Iris, whose world is turned upside down when she reconnects with the Father she thought abandoned her. This really felt like a cut above the majority of the YA I encounter and I can understand why it’s an awards contender.

(HarperCollins, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9780007512362, find it here on the NLIS catalogue or on our eBook platform)

Gail: Three Ninja Pigs by David Bedford, illustrated by Becka Moor

Ninja PigsA high-action fairy tale twist with lots to spot in the pictures. The three pigs are blamed for all the mess the naughty wolf makes but they get their own back in the end! Great for reading aloud.

(Simon & Schuster, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781471121913, find it here on the NLIS catalogue)

Friendly reminder: would you like David to visit your school? We can arrange this for you! See here for more details

Harriet: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake


Like Nick Lake’s earlier superb novel In Darkness, this is on the Carnegie shortlist and is a gripping read. The story, set in Arizona, encompasses Native American mythology, powerful emotional abuse, a road movie theme and deafness, all told through the voice of the lovely, authentic heroine.


(Bloomsbury, £7.99 paperback, ISBN 9781408853832, find it here on the NLIS catalogue)

Mandy: Heartsong by Kevin Crossley-Holland

HeartsongA match made in heaven, Jane Ray’s beautiful illustrations and KCH’s enchanting words! This story is inspired by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and is the story of an orphan who, nurtured by Vivaldi’s gentle teaching, can only communicate using her music. Because of her music and a barely remembered memory she is eventually able to speak when she is reunited with her mama. Lovely! This short novella would, I suspect, appeal to a thoughtful, musical y5/6 girl.

(Orchard Books, £9.99 hardback, ISBN 9781408336069)

Zoë: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, retold by Timothy Knapman

TwelfthThis is from the Tales from Shakespeare Retold in modern-day English series by Timothy Knapman.

This is an enjoyable adaptation of Twelfth Night, especially as it is one of his comedies. Confusion reigns when Viola and Sebastian (identical twins) are parted following a storm in which their ship is wrecked and Viola dresses as a man to protect herself in a strange land.

To support authenticity, quotes from Shakespeare’s play script are dispersed throughout the story, displayed in scrolls and citing the character who speaks it.

(QED Publishing, £5.99 paperback, ISBN 9781784930035, find it here on the NLIS catalogue)

You can find our previous Friday Read entries here.


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