News & Reviews

With half-term looming and a spattering of vaguely good weather, we’re creeping ever closer to summer- what a scary thought! There’s still lots going on though; we still have places on some of our INSET courses taking place this term, plus there is now only a month left to read all of the books shortlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Prize.

As a reminder, the shortlist can be found here and we also recommend having a look at the shadowing site on which schools and reading groups across the country have been sharing what they think of the nominated books. We’ll be hosting a special event on the day the winner will be announced (22nd June!) and we look forward to sharing what the pupils discussed at our meeting. You can find a round-up of our 2014 shadowing morning here.

What else? Well, we really enjoyed reading this post about Reading for Pleasure and technology in the classroom by local teacher Jon Biddle. On the topic of social media, we’ll be delivering another INSET course on Blogging and Social Media in the autumn term and Jon will be assisting us- stay tuned for details!

Also on the digital front, Norfolk Library and Information Service have recently launched their e-magazine service. If you have a library card, you can log-in and choose from a plethora of magazines on a range of topics- why not have a browse?

Phew! What about some book reviews? Two of our Librarians have found time to catch up with some recent reads and have provided us with a few reviews this Friday:

MANDY

BrockThe Brockenspectre by Linda Newbery (£12.99 hardback, Cape, ISBN 9780857551566)

Tomas lives in the mountains with his mum and mountain guide dad. He shares his father’s love and respect for the hills, and when his dad disappears he is compelled to search for him despite his fear of the mythical Brockenspectre, that lies in wait for unwary climbers in the heights. He doesn’t find his father, but instead a grandmother he never knew about. An engaging read for Y4,5 & 6.

jadeThe Jade Boy by Cate Cain (£6.99, Templar Publishing, 9781848772298)

Definitely a creepy read for able Y6 readers this one! An appealing threesome of main characters and a very scary evil villain, as well as a house which comes alive all set at the time of the Great Fire of London. The evil Count Cazalon is desperate to become a God and will stop at nothing. There is witchcraft and racism (–in context) too.

 HARRIET

colour thiefThe Colour Thief by Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters, illustrated by Karin Littlewood (£6.99, Wayland, ISBN 9780750280532)

Potentially most useful where a situation is know to have arisen, this is a poignant but ultimately hopeful picture book about depression, and how a whole family is affected by the suffering of an adult.  The pictures vividly reflect the moods described, and may indeed help a young child understand clearer than do mere words.

Street ChildrenStreet Children; Real Stories from Across the World by Anthony Robinson (£12.99 hardback, Frances Lincoln, ISBN 9781847804341)

This is such a sad book of stories about children who live on the streets of Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Guatemala – but the author tells us that children live on the streets all over the world.  All the children are brave and optimistic, despite their struggles and terrible past histories.  The book acknowledges the charities which try to help these children, and provides their websites for schools to follow up.

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KS2 Fiction Discussion in Norwich- Spring Term

It seems like a long time ago now, but just before Easter, our Norwich KS2 Reading 4 Pleasure group met for the second time to discuss the books they’d been given to read and share with their pupils throughout the Spring term. As usual, lots of great book-related chat was had and we were really impressed to hear how the various titles had been received by both adults and children.

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Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow

  • Recently adapted into a film- ‘The Boxtrolls’- but children didn’t seem to make much connection between this and the book.
  • Seemed to go down well with pupils but not our adult-readers!

The Naming of Tishkin Silk by Glenda Millard

  • Enjoyed a great deal by those who read it- very sweet story, though not memorable.
  • Thought the cover lacked a lot of appeal and may have put off some young readers.

 A Word in Your Ear by Tony Ross

  • Boy readers LOVED this!
  • Short story format went down really well- lots of children enjoyed that they could dip in and out, especially as it looked as though they were reading a full novel.
  • Very creepy in places; stories are quite bleak- lots of death.

 Frank Enstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka

  • Described by one pupil as a book for “someone who likes science who wants to read a story.”
  • Everyone liked the way it used complex science language but in accessible way.
  • The way the text is broken up with diagrams worked really well.
  • Perhaps too American?

The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird

  • Generally not much uptake from pupils, though it was really well received by those adults who read it- perhaps the cover was off-putting or unappealing to young readers?
  • A different take on a sports story, one with appeal for both genders.

The Power of Three by H.L. Dennis

  • Well-received by older readers – Y6 very keen.
  • Book rooted in truth (set in Bletchley Park and involves codes and code-breaking!)
  • Lots of potential for follow-up: looking at codes, plus interactive website to accompany the story, as well as groundwork for investigating the real history behind enigma and WW2.

 Journey by Aaron Becker

  • Received the best of all titles discussed this term- by both staff and pupils!
  • Lots of powerful discussion came from the book, and lends itself really well to creative and visual responses. Has real potential for use in the classroom.
  • Discussed how it can be followed-up by the sequel, Quest, which has a similar format to Journey.

Cecilia, a teacher from Bignold Primary (who were hosting us for the afternoon!), had some brilliant results using ‘Journey’ with her Year 4 class and said that the wordless format of the book had given it a universal appeal, especially with EAL students. The title became a real focus point in the week surrounding World Book Day with lessons planned around it, and she also linked it to the children’s exploration into human rights, in particular the way that rights and wrongs are represented in stories. The children were encouraged to look at the pictures and talk through the story which led to great discussion about what it can feel like to not be listened to. They then responded creatively, linking pictures from the book to articles from the UN’s convention on the rights of the child. We were so impressed to see how thoughtfully and enthusiastically Cecilia’s class responded to the book, and it was agreed that it was a perfect example of how a picture book can be used to support wider teaching. It was suggested that Aaron Becker’s sequel, ‘Quest’ would be a perfect follow-up and lend itself to similarly creative and visual responses. You can see some of the class’s work below:

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KS2 FDG 001 As well as feeding back about the books they’d been allocated for the term, the group also engaged in lots of interesting book-award talk (in view of the then recently announced CKG shortlists), praise of this year’s upcoming Summer Reading Challenge theme (record-breakers!), as well as a discussion about Barrington Stoke’s dyslexia friendly titles and their universal appeal to all readers. Overall, it was a great meeting and as always we were pleased to hear the responses to the chosen books. Titles for next term were distributed and the next meeting is scheduled to take place in June- be sure to pop back to hear how they went down!

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Meeting Authors!

It’s been a busy few weeks for us with projects flying in and out of the SLS office. One of our SLS Librarians, Harriet, found time to meet not one but TWO brilliant authors in the 7 days, as she tells us below…

Meeting two fantastic authors in one week – how good is that?!

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Long Stratton High School had Marcus Sedgwick in to talk with their Book Club after school, and Janet Bell the librarian was kind enough to invite me along.  The students had between them read an impressive number of his books, with enthusiasm and insight, and I’m sure were inspired to read more after meeting the author.  The book most discussed was The Ghosts of Heaven, which is an amazing read for teens and adults. In four sections which can be read in any order, each story is complete in itself, but loosely linked by a spiral theme.  There is no official ending, of course, and the reader is challenged to make of it what they will. 

On Saturday 18th, I went armed with cake (a sad attempt at creating Cakes In Space – I might have been more successful with Nuts In Space, as surely even I couldn’t go wrong with a few nuts scattered across a chocolate-y traybake?) and braved weekend public transport to Cambridge, to an unconference arranged by our Youth Libraries Group Eastern branch.  The theme of the discussion was Emergent Readers, and included an interesting talk by Prof. Clare Wood about speech rhythm sensitivity in young children and how this affects their literacy,

There was also a very dynamic and funny talk by Dave Cousins, author of teen and primary novels and fiction for Collins Big Cat.  Do take a look at his website www.davecousins.net ! As well as writing with great humour and warmth, Dave does his own illustrations and wowed his audience with his instant animation tutorial. 

Dave Cousins

We also heard about running Chatterbooks groups, and if you are interested in running a book club in your school, do register for our Chatterbooks training day, 2nd July. – just get in touch.

A list of all the INSET we’re running for the summer term can be found online here, and also published for the new term are our SLS newsletters; Bookbites for Primary and Infant, and High-lights for secondary schools.

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Easter Holidays and overdue book reviews!

It’s the first week of the Easter holidays which means one thing in our office: the packing and unpacking of project boxes! Our team are busy selecting books ready for the new term, on topics ranging from the always popular seaside to the slightly more niche Shang dynasty…!

As a mid-week distraction, we’ve decided to share a bumper post full of reviews of some books our team have read over the past few months (and which we have been waiting to post…!)

Easter Reviews

  • Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret by D.D. Everest (Faber Publishing, £6.99, 9780571307395)

A wonderful book about mysterious books with magical powers and Special Instructions, where library apprentices must learn skills of Finding, Binding and Minding. A rich imaginative story with clever “librarianish” wordplay which brought a smile to my face! This will go down well with boy or girl fantasy lovers, especially if they are Pupil Librarians! (Mandy)

  • Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders (Faber Publishing, £6.99, 9780571323180)

I loved E Nesbit’s Edwardian adventure and fantasy stories as a child, and gradually became aware of the poignancy of the time in which they were set, as the children in the stories were almost all going to be of an age to be caught up in the Great War, and that golden time of innocent adventure would be gone for ever.  Kate Saunders has taken up this fact and written an excellent sequel to Nesbit’s Five Children and It; it feels totally authentic, and is as devastating as one would expect – and fear.  A good read for today’s Years 6 and 7. (Harriet)

  • We Have Lift Off! by Sean Taylor and Hannah Shaw (Frances Lincoln, 9781847805126, £6.99)

I love Sean Taylor’s imaginative children’s books, and this is no exception.  For Norfolk’s rural children it is perfect! The farm animals are fed up with Mr Tanner’s dump of a farm, (cue: much environmental damage) so they make an intergalactic rocket to escape on, “up to the clear, clean stars”. After a few disastrous test flights Mr Tanner finds the rocket and you might guess what happens next! Brilliant pictures support a great story and may prompt some interesting ‘green’ conversations. (Harriet)

  • The Case of the Deadly Desperados (The PK Pinkerton Mysteries) by Caroline Lawrence (Orion, 9781444003253 £6.99)

This is a good old ‘western’ thriller, with ‘cowboys’ and a few ‘injuns’ as well as some miners in the very Wild West city of Virginia. Caroline Lawrence has done her research well and includes real characters in this fast-moving thriller, Mark Twain (real name Sam Clemens) turns up as a local journalist. The book opens with PK witnessing the scalping and murder of his (or is it her?) foster parents, so perhaps best for Y6 and up. (Harriet)

  • The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (Corgi Yearling, 9780552572316, £6.99)

This is a thoroughly enjoyable read with interesting characters and an intriguing puzzle to solve. Ted, the main character, has an unexplained syndrome which causes him to think outside the box and conjour up a huge list of theories to solve the mystery, along with his older sister, Kat. (Zoe)

Read anything good lately? Why not let us know in the comments!

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Our Peters Picture Book Party 2015!

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while may remember that last year, we held a picture book-themed party to celebrate Peters Book of the Year prize. The afternoon we spent at Cliff Park Infants School was SO much fun that we decided to do it again this year, with a slight venue change; this time, our team headed off to Greyfriars Primary School in King’s Lynn, for another afternoon of activities inspired by the picture books shortlisted for Peters’ prize.

One of our Librarians, Harriet, provided us with a little report about the festivities…

Most of the SLS staff decamped to Greyfriars Primary School on 19th March, for a party to celebrate the shortlisted titles of Peters Picture Book of the Year 2014 Award.  The young participants were also going to be asked to vote for their favourite titles. While there is a serious purpose to the event and the run-up to it, in that children are asked to read, consider and respond critically to a selection of ten very different style picture books, the party itself is all about fun – well, what else could it be, when our manager turns up as a banana (impersonating – or is that im-fruit-ating – the Death Banana Planet from Elys Dolan’s Nuts in Space) ready to hand out refreshments?  Because every party has to have food and drink!

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(Harriet introducing the children to the Death Banana Planet!)

Other activities included a noisy game to accompany the retelling of Rex by Simon James, and dancing to Those Magnificent Sheep in their Flying Machine by Peter Bently and David Roberts. Every party goer left with a ‘magic crayon’ which had inspired a drawing activity based on Aaron Becker’s Quest. 

And there was a special Celebrity Appearance from Magical Meg and Lucy Loveheart, who got the party going, and who then dramatically announced the winning vote – which went to Oi Frog, by  Kes Gray and Jim Field.   

Meg and Lucy(Lucy, Kirsten from SLS, and Meg)

The full voting list from our party:

Title Votes
1st Oi Frog! by Kes Gray, illustrated by Jim Field 51
2nd Nuts in Space by Elys Dolan 35
3rd Rex by Simon James 20
4th Quest by Aaron Becker 16
5th Smellie Louie by Catherine Rayner 13
6th Snow Day by Richard Curtis, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb 11
7th The New Small Person by Lauren Child 10
8th Meet the Parents by Peter Bentley, illustrated by Sarah Ogilvie 7
9th Those Magnificent Sheep in their Flying Machine by Peter Bently, illustrated by David Roberts 3
10th Little Frog’s Tadpole Trouble by Tatyana Feeney 2

Librarian Julie Kirwan immediately sent off all the Greyfriars votes to Peters to be added to the national total.  We were just in time, as voting closed on Friday, and the national results were announced on Monday; winner of the Picture Book Award is Smelly Louie by Catherine Rayner.

Many thanks to all the staff at Greyfriars Primary, to Meg and Lucy Clibbon, SLS staff, and to all the children, who took part so wholeheartedly and with much noisy enthusiasm!

As Harriet correctly points out, the winners of Peters’ Book of the Year were announced yesterday, with Smelly Louie,  A Room Full of Chocolate, and A Song for Ella Grey receiving awards for best picture book, junior fiction and teen fiction.PBOTY15 winnersA press release about the announcement can be found here and if you’re interested in reading about last year’s party then you can do so here!

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World Book Day and a book without pictures…

wbd2015This time last week, we were preoccupied with lots of World Book Day shenanigans, both in school and online, with our office keeping a close eye on social media goings-on. Twitter in particular is a great place for sharing event updates and we loved seeing how people up and down the county were celebrating. If you missed the festivities or just want to see what all the fuss was about, we recommend checking the official World Book Day UK twitter account, or looking at the two hashtags being used on the day: #WBD15 and #WorldBookDay.

Harriet, one of our Librarians, was in a school in Cawston and has given us a little update of how her day went…

Cawston Primary School was all dressed up on World Book Day, like most schools around the country –  this is turning into a springtime version of Hallowe’en! – but here staff and pupils all came as characters from a single book: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  The best I could manage was to go as Alice’s mother, Mrs Liddell, but it was better than nothing, as almost the entire school looked fantastic and had tried really hard.

The school loved Robert Sabuda’s fantastic paper engineering version of Alice, and enjoyed plenty of other weird and wonderful books I’d brought from SLS too.

BJ NovakA new book proved really popular with years 2 and 3: The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak (published by Puffin)

If you and your class enjoy Mo Willems’ Pigeon stories, you will love this read-aloud in picture book format, which is exactly as it says on the tin, a book with no pictures.  It’s great fun, and celebrates the power of words to boot.

The Guardian Children’s Book website has a great gallery of World Book Day costumes, which you can see here.

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KS2 Fiction Discussion- Spring Term

Our KS2 Reading for Pleasure group chaired by two of our SLS Librarians (Harriet and Mandy) had their termly meeting in Fakenham last week, and the group’s thoughts on the books  selected for them to read can be found below! Have you read any? Let us know what you think!

Fakenham March

The Boy who Climbed into the Moon by David Almond

The story was enjoyed by both more and less able readers. Very sophisticated in some ways and the group discussed how having a different illustrator would have changed the book as it does look very young!

The Sleeping Army by Francesca Simon

Set in a Museum, the book was widely enjoyed by the group and pupils who liked the characters and found that the cover persuaded boys to read it. It’s also fabulous inspiration for looking at Norse stories (it uses Norse Mythology!)

The Wrong Side of the Galaxy by Jamie Thompson

Considered to be a very ‘boy’ read by was enjoyed by all- one school said even a dyslexic reader became engrossed in it. A space fantasy which lands on a cliff-hanger ending set up perfectly for  a sequel.

The Great Escape by Natalie Haynes

The book was enjoyable and not too complex, good for more able year 6s, though perhaps the cover is aimed at younger readers. The theme itself is quite serious and overall the plot had a few ends that needed tying up.

Blackberry Blue and other Fairy Tales by Jamila Gavin

For older, good readers- perhaps even those in High school. The stories are World influenced; the fairy stories side of the book put many children off, though those who read it enjoyed it very much. Reads aloud very well too.

Foxy Tales by Caryl Hart

Considered to be better for younger children as well as less able, dyslexic readers. One school noted that it had been used as a “first whole book” reader for one child- what a great achievement!

The Fakenham group will be meeting again in the summer term. Feedback from some of our previous meetings can be found here.

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We Cracked It! Our KS2 Conference

After months and months of careful planning, on Monday 2nd March all of our SLS team traveled to the wonderful Green Britain Centre in Swaffham to host our Cracking the Code conference and we’re pleased to report that it was a great success!

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(Above: some of our lovely SLS stock on display for all to see!)

Delegates from across the county came together to take part in a variety of cross-curricular workshops and to listen to what some brilliant Authors had to say.

The day was kicked-off by Andrew Cope, author of the popular Spy Dogs series and ‘Art of Brilliance’ advocate who spoke to our delegates about the importance maintaining a positive approach to teaching, even in the face of stress (and ofsted!). His keynote speech, ‘The Art of Being a Brilliant KS2 Teacher’ was a great way to start the conference and gave us all lots to think about; we certainly came into the office on Tuesday with a spring in our step because none of us had toothache…! Andy later went on to deliver a workshop session entitled ‘The Happiness Advantage’ and then spent the afternoon visiting a nearby school in Swaffham.

Throughout the day, delegates at the conference were given the opportunity to attend three workshops each of which covered a different topic.

Before lunch, Helen Dennis, author of the Secret Breakers series, led a session showcasing 13 real codes and the way in which these could be integrated into school lessons, talking about how she used them herself when working as a Teacher in Sussex. She went down a storm and in the afternoon was whisked away to Neatherd High School in Dereham where she was well received by the students she met. We loved her session and learnt so much, though we’re still baffled by bacon’s bilateral cipher (and probably will be for some time!)

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(above: Helen Dennis showing our delegates how to crack some codes!)

In the afternoon we were joined by author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst who had spent the morning at All Saints Academy working with groups of KS2 children. Entitled ‘DO judge a Book by its Cover’, those who attended Kate’s conference workshop were asked to look at a variety of children’s books and see if they were able to decipher any clues about the book’s plot based on their covers. Using her Mariella Mystery series as an example, Kate then explained how she puts together her own work, often creating and illustrating a character before she’s considered what the story will be! As she did in schools, Kate instructed delegates how they can create their own mystery-solving characters, each of us making a miniature flip-book animation using just some paper and a pencil.

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(Above: delegates hard at work in Kate Pankhurst’s workshop and below, part of the display produced by pupils at the school Kate visited!)

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We were also joined throughout the day by Lisa Hewitt from the Museum Service who delivered a hands-on session of archaeology, looking at ways to support the new curriculum’s focus on prehistory and Jacqui Thompson from Pulse CSI who explored how practical science is used in crime scene investigation. We were also given the opportunity to try our hand at Morse Code as our Mobile driver Tony is an expert operative; here he is below teaching one of our Librarians, Gail, how to send a coded message!

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The day was brought to a close with an interview with Carnegie award-winning author, Sally Gardner. Sally had spent the morning at Neatherd High in Dereham and arrived with us at the Green Britain Centre where SLS Manager, Kirsten, asked her about her upbringing, her school experiences and struggle with dyslexia and her success as an author for both young and teen audiences.

Of all her literary characters, Sally explained that she identifies most strongly with Standish Treadwell from Maggot Moon, a book she believed would remain unpublished – it later went on to win the 2013 Carnegie Medal – and she said that she did not consider Standish to be dyslexic until someone later pointed this out to her. Dyslexia became the focus of her conversation with Kirsten, Sally advising teachers to ensure that no pupil gets left behind, that individuals are encouraged to nurture their ability to think outside the box and are allowed to utilize visual aids. She ended her interview with a powerful performance of her poem, ‘Disobey Me’, a line of which is particularly inspirational when considering those dyslexic pupils: “Words are our servants, we are not their slaves, it matters not how we spell them it matters what we say.”

We’d like to thank the Green Britain Centre for the wonderful venue, Jarrold’s for providing us with a brilliant bookshop, our Authors and workshop leaders for delivering such engaging sessions and of course, our delegates for coming along and giving us their feedback. It’s too soon to tell if another conference is on the horizon, but rest assured, we all have our thinking caps on and are coming up with some ideas as we speak…

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Chinese New Year!

恭喜发财 or, in English, Happy Chinese New Year!

Today we say farewell to the Year of the Horse and hello to the Year of the Goat as China begins their New Year celebrations. What follows will be fifteen days of celebrating, finishing with the Lantern Festival to be held on March 5th.  The date of China’s biggest festival varies from year to year as it is dictated by the lunar calendar; for example last year, celebrations took place on 31st January.

In honor of the festivities, we’ve selected a few of our favourite China-themed books which you can see below!

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  • ‘Chopsticks’ by Jon Berkley
  • ‘Spilled Water’ by Sally Grindley
  • ‘The Firework-Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman
  • ‘The Kite Rider’ by Geraldine McCaughrean
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KS2 Fiction Discussion- Autumn Term

This post comes a little late, but we’ll blame our pre & post-christmas busyness for the delay! As well as our group based in Fakenham, the autumn term saw the introduction of a new Reading for Pleasure group based in Norwich, which we were very excited about.

Led by one of our Librarians, Harriet, our inaugural meeting of the Norwich KS2 Reading 4 Pleasure Group (adults) was held at West Earlham Junior School, and was very entertaining and enjoyable- thanks to our hosts and all the participants for an excellent afternoon.  As well as the titles below, we had general book chat and discussed how schools share the books; for example, West Earlham tantalised with reading a chapter aloud then loaning out the books; while Valley kept the books in the classroom and children could borrow.

Norwich FDG

Tall Tales from Pitch End by Nigel McDowell

  • Very much top end of KS2, probably better for KS3
  • Quite hard going with long and complicated plot
  • Lots of interesting ideas but maybe wouldn’t be understood by children
  • Too dark

Fright Forest (Elf Girl and Raven Boy series) by Marcus Sedgwick

  • Children are really enjoying it
  • Good banter between the characters
  • Perfect for years 5 & 6 – more please!

Poems to Perform edited by Julia Donaldson

  • Good mix of old and new
  • Good variety including some previously unknown
  • Nice hints on how to be performed and website to support (useful resource!)
  • Cover a bit old fashioned and unappealing to children
  • Good for dipping into

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon by Jonny Duddle

  • Very popular!
  • Useful that it is part of a series
  • Good for the whole of KS2
  • Short chapters and good illustrations
  • Good for reading aloud the pirate voices!
  • Informative glossary
  • Kenzie thought: “it was interesting and funny at the beginning.  It was funny in the middle.  It was interesting and at the end it was exciting”

Boy in Tights by Kate Scott

  • Good for discussion about stereotyping – good for diversity
  • Very pacey and exciting
  • Boys really enjoyed it once they got past the dress!
  • Kenzie would recommend this because “it was a good story; it was funny and weird”

Our Fakenham Reading For Pleasure group also met last term and discussed the titles below.

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Weasels by Elys Dolan

  • Enjoyed by pupils, who loved the illustrations.
  • Read aloud well to a small class

Sally Frere-Smith from Great Massingham Primary provided us with a brilliant review produced by some of her pupils!

Weasels review

Monkey and Me by David Gilman (NB. this is currently on Carnegie longlist!)

  • Interesting concept and good for Year 6, maybe not Year 5.
  • Dylan said: “it was funny because I liked the monkey.  He’s a cheeky one.”

The Eye of the Wolf by Daniel Pennac

  • Intriguing
  • Can feel for both characters
  • Enjoyed it.

What Are We Fighting For? edited by Brian Moses and Roger Stevens

  • Poems about war
  • Good collection
  • Empathy
  • Good to support scheme of work for KS2

SuperCat vs the Chip Thief by Jeanne Willis

  • Charlotte: “It was awesome”
  • Tegan: “It was a bit boring”
  • Better for younger KS2 and less able readers
  • Painful jokes

Previous fiction discussion entries cane be found here.

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