Fiction Discussion Groups

Welcome to our new Fiction Discussion Group page. Here we’ll be posting recaps straight from our KS2 FDG meetings which take place once an academic term. In advance of our meetings, Teachers are given a set of KS2 fiction (and sometimes non-fiction) to read and discuss with their class. It’s a great way to discuss new and old children’s fiction and to find out whether children’s views differ from our own.

For more information or to join our group, please get in touch. Any write-ups of past meetings will be kept in our Fiction Discussion Group archive here.

Spring 2020:

KS2 Staff Reading for Pleasure Group meeting: 11th March 2020

One of the last “normal” things we did was meet with our KS2 R4P group, who’d read the following books and let us know what they (& their classes!) thought. Our librarian, Harriet, shares her thoughts below:

KS2FDG

  • An Unimaginary Friend by Guy Bass, illustrated by Pete Williamson

Bonkers plot, but then this is the story of a child’s imaginary friend made real, leading to chaos and a mad adventure, the result of which is new friendships and a more sympathetic parent (who it turns out also had an imaginary friend when young). As is usual with this author there is plenty of word play and Dahl-esque creative vocabulary. Good to read aloud to any KS2 class.

  • The Longest Night of Charlie Noon by Christopher Edge, illustrated by Matt Saunders

The plot didn’t go as I expected, which would have been a more straight-forward thriller as three children become lost in a deep wood. That would be fine, but it seemed to lose momentum and became more and more strange with time-slip elements and quite abstract concepts. What would children make of it?

  • Max Kowalski Didn’t Mean It by Susie Day

A lovely story, exciting and full of really appealing, realistic characters, both young and old. Max and his siblings are totally delightful, and you root for them all the way, let down as they are by their dreadfully irresponsible father.

  • The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read and Laura Trinder

This is a steampunk type story set in an alternative London, which is peopled mostly by animals leading a life stuck in Victorian times. Our heroine’s parents, although seemingly normal mortals at the beginning of the novel, are bound up in this strange place, and when they disappear Emily goes on an amazing adventure to find them. It is an exciting and original plot, but this reader disliked Emily’s rudeness to the point of not caring whether she found them or not. Children will probably be more sympathetic.

  • Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue by Paula Harrison, illutrated by Jenny Lovlie

A mildly exciting story, about a little girl who like her mother can turn into a superhero at night. This series, with attractive illustrations, is suitable for children just setting out on independent reading, and will appeal to cat lovers.