Autumn Term is Nearly Here and Friday Reads!

The summer has whizzed past us and by the end of next week Norfolk pupils will be back at school, ready to learn (and some might even be awaiting our project boxes!)

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge will also be coming to an end shortly and whether you’ve been participating yourself or encouraging young readers to devour as many books as possible, we hope you had fun and found some great reads in the process! We’ve really enjoyed following the #SummerReadingChallenge hashtag on twitter over the break and it has been brilliant to see what other readers have been up to across the country- why not have a look yourselves?

The ImagiNation project has also been running over the holidays; a collaboration between multiple authorities in the East, 11-18 year olds have been creatively responding to the books they’ve been reading and the work they’ve been sharing on the blog has been great to see- visit the ImagiNation edublog to see what we’re talking about; we love this 3D reimagining of Cowgirl by G.R. Gemin, and this stop-motion animation inspired by the caped crusader himself, Batman!

Now- Friday Reads (and sorry we didn’t post last week!)

Apryl: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

all the bright places

Lots of chatter around this book has focused on how it has a similar tone to the work of John Green but I think it’s brilliant in its own right and a cut above much of the YA published in the wake of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ success. Violet Markey and Theodore Finch accidentally meet in their high school bell-tower and from there their friendship builds into something more complex as the pair travel across their native Indiana for a school project. The book deals with loss, survival, depression and overcoming your fears and by the time I finished it, I was in floods of tears because of how fond I’d grown of the protagonists. A must read for YA fans (and I now eagerly await the film adaptation in 2016!)

(Puffin, £7.99 paperback, ISBN 9780141357034)

Georgie: Eric, the Boy who Lost his Gravity by Jenni Desmond

EricThis story focuses on the relationship between a brother and sister. Eric, is so angry at his sister Alice that he loses his gravity and floats away! The powerful illustrations help to visualise not only the frustrations that exist between siblings, but how their affections for each other will continue to develop as they grow. Good for ‘Ourselves’ topic at EYFS and KS1.

(Blue Apple Books, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781609053482)


Harriet:
 Wall by Tom Clohosy Cole

WallThis picture book begins with the sudden appearance of the Berlin wall, which divides a father from his young family.  Dark illustrations convey the totally devastating barrier the wall represented, but this particular family are reunited thanks to a compassionate soldier, and there is even humour at the end.  And of course we know now the story has an even happier ending, and this unusual setting can lead to lots of discussion.

(Templar, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781783700776)

Mandy: The Dragon Path by Helen Moss

dragon pathHelen’s previous titles have been great Enid Blyton style adventures for y4/5. This new series (Secrets of the Tombs) is a real step up, great for Y5/6/7. The first is set in Egypt. This one, set in China, is a great adventure, set in a fascinating and unusual location with plenty of references to Qin Dynasty history. All the scrapes the children get into (and out of) are totally over the top…but that’s why it works so well! Puzzles, riddles, symbols and physical challenges keep the brain working through the adventure.

(Orion, £7.99 paperback, ISBN 9781444010411)

(Our Friday Reads archive can be found here)

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Fakenham KS2 Fiction Discussion Group- Summer Term

As you may have seen, we recently blogged about our Norwich KS2 Reading 4 Pleasure group’s summer term meeting- and if you didn’t, you can read about it here!

Our group based in the west of the county also met last term and here is Harriet’s recap of the discussions had at that meeting…

“Our dedicated adult readers from schools around Fakenham got together for an end of term discussion about the 6 titles they had been sharing with pupils. After some general book chat – as far removed from a Guided Reading session as it is possible to be, hopefully –  we got down to serious business, and some of the comments from pupils and staff are below:

 Fakenham R4P

The Wicked Tricks of Till Owlyglass by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Fritz Wegner

First published in 1990 this is a version of the traditional German folk tales, told in Rosen’s pleasant, easy style, and with lovely detailed illustrations by Wegner, who died in March this year aged 90.

  • ‘This read aloud well’
  • Children ‘enjoyed the stories’

Boy in Tights by Kate Scott

Also enjoyed by our other Reading for Pleasure Group, this is the first in a series of spy stories, involving our hero having to disguise himself in more and more embarrassing garb. Girls may respond with heartfelt sympathy…

  • ‘Great for Year 4’
  • ‘I liked it because it is different’
  • ‘Popular’ and ‘appealing’

The Spy Who Loved School Dinners by Pamela Butchart

Winner of the Blue Peter Funny Prize 2015 this is indeed light and fairly silly. One of the main characters is so wimpy it seems unlikely she would be in a mainstream school let alone in a gang. However it looks attractive with varied size of fonts and cartoony illustrations.

  • ‘Enjoyed’
  • ‘Would like to read more in the series’

Welcome to Silver Street Farm by Nicola Davies

First of a pleasant series about a group of young friends setting up a city farm, and the tribulations they undergo to rescue some animals. The characters are sweet, and nothing too awful happens, and it would be a good series for younger KS2 children to enjoy.

  • ‘Good fun easy read’
  • ‘Really enjoyed, exciting and about animals’
  • ‘A dyslexic boy in my class really enjoyed this’

The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon by Johnny Duddle

Great series of adventures for emerging readers, with excitement, fun and plenty of illustrations from this accomplished illustrator-author.

  • ‘Good step up from Duddle’s Pirates picture books, and Aardman’s animation film The Pirates for which he did illustrations’
  • ‘Good length for this age group’

Beware of Teachers by Tony Blundell

Peters Bookselling Services describe this as an excellent example of the ‘thwarted wolf genre’, and indeed along with a companion title ‘Beware of Girls’ it is a humorous story about a hungry wolf trying various wily tricks so that he can eat the pupils.

  • ‘A good read aloud’
  • ‘Children loved it and enjoyed the pictures’
  • ‘We used it in literacy for recipe writing: Girl Pie and Boy Pie!’
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Laureate Blog and Friday Reads!

A very quiet week indeed with nothing much to report other than (you guessed it!) PROJECT BOXES, though we would like to drawn your attention to Chris Riddell’s laureate’s log, which he’s been posting online since his appointment as Children’s Laureate was announced. We absolutely love his illustrations in our office so getting to see inside his sketch book on a daily basis is very exciting indeed! If you haven’t had a look, do so now- it can be viewed online here and if you’re feeling particularly tech-savvy, then you can even follow Chris on Instagram: chris_riddell

Now- let’s get to today’s Friday Reads:

HarrietThe Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

boundlessAlthough terrified I might meet a sasquatch, how I would love to have been a – first class, naturally – passenger on the Boundless, a 7 mile long steam train that crossed Canada during the pioneering years of the last century.  Complete with carriages for all class of travellers, post van, travelling circus including dangerous animals, luxurious apartments – and a coffin with valuable treasures in a special funeral car, this is the perfect setting for a thrilling adventure for the son of one of the rail company’s employees.  Suspend belief a little, but this does not take away from the grand scope of the novel or our sympathies with the young hero and his circus friends. Confession: I had to look up the definition of a ‘sasquatch’, and I advise that you do too, because you need to know when you meet one or you will suffer a very nasty end…

(David Fickling Books, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781910200193)

Gail: Sedric and the Great Pig Rescue by Angie Morgan

sedric

Sedric and the Great Pig Rescue is a fun read which would suit Y3/4. It’s set in the Dark Ages, just after the Romans have left Britain, although the facts are only vaguely historical with a Medieval castle and lots of modern colloquialisms. Written by Sedric the story is full of amusing illustrations and doodles. Good for fans of Mr Gum (Andy Stanton) and the Grunts series (Philip Ardagh).

(Egmont Books, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781405275286)
You can see our previous Friday Reads here.

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Reading Group Recap and (Friday) Reads!

A few weeks into the summer holidays and we’ve finally unpacked all of the project boxes returned by schools at the end of last term- yippee!

In this quiet period when schools aren’t calling or emailing us (because they’re on their hols!), we’ve had the time to look back at the last academic year- in particular, the work produced by pupils attending our two Methwold Cluster Reading Groups, who meet termly to discuss books selected for them by one of our SLS Librarians. The group has their own blog and we’ve updated it this week with a recap of the Summer term’s meetings- pupils produced lots of reviews and responses to the books they read, so why not take a look here to see what they thought?

Meanwhile- here are this week’s Friday Reads!

Georgie: EDGE – I HERO Immortals: Wizard by Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore

iHeroThis Hi-Lo book is a choose-your-own destiny tale set deep in the Nine Kingdoms. King Oswald and Queen Lana wake to discover their son, Price Bron, has been abducted. They ask you, the reader,  to undertake the perilous quest into the mountains to rescue him, and you really can decide!

If you read this on our eBook Lending platform (norfolksls.wheelers.co) then it works interactively and you can press to skip to the next page! What’s more, this book cleverly encourages deep critical thinking and the options require careful consideration. I would recommend this book for struggling readers who enjoy life in the digital world. Definitely one for engaging KS2 boys who would rather be gaming than reading.

(Hachette Children’s Group\Franklin Watt, eBook, ISBN 9781445139623)

Harriet: Joe All Alone by Joanna Nadin

joe all aloneA younger teen novel with an appealing hero.  Joe’s mum and her boyfriend leave him for a week while they go abroad on holiday, with strict instructions not to tell anyone he has been left alone.  Joe’s narration is in diary form, and we feel his moods as he becomes more and more anxious and lonely.  Apart from his weak absent mum and abusive partner, there are warm characters in this book, and plenty of humour and adolescent ardour.  However, the resolution is inevitably somewhat sad, as Joe has to go into foster care, but the end is optimistic as he still sees his mum, and the – now former – boyfriend is in prison.

(Little Brown Books, £5.99 paperback, ISBN 9780349124551)

Mandy: Not As We Know It by Tom Avery

not as we know itThis engaging story is about twins living on the island of Portland on the south coast. It is a real celebration of family life through the illness and death of a child. Kate Grove’s charming illustrations enhance the text which tells the story of brothers Jamie and Ned, both home educated due to Ned’s terminal condition – Cystic Fibrosis. Regular beach combing is part of their lives and when they find a strange creature they conclude, with help from sailor Grandad’s stories, that it is a merman. Keeping the creature hidden, Ned develops a real bond with ‘Len’, named after their Star Trek hero. As his condition worsens and Jamie feels excluded from the family there are some real adventures as they all try to keep Ned safe. Beware- the ultimate end is slightly disturbing (and a real tear jerker) to an adult reader but is well written and would read in a positive way to most children.  Great for Y5, 6 & 7

(Anderson Press, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781783442263)

Zoë: The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

london eyeThis 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.

(Corgi Yearling, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9780552572316)

(Our previous Friday Reads can be found here)

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Summer Reading Challenging, ImagiNation, and some Friday Reads!

The first week of summer holidays is over and we’re still preoccupied with projects- at least it’s keeping us from dwelling upon this sudden run of bad weather…!

The Reading Agency‘s Record Breakers-themed Summer Reading Challenge is now underway and we hope you’re all encouraging young people to read lots of books and collect stickers already. If you’re in Norfolk, why not visit your local library to sign up- details of locations and opening times can be found here, and why not keep an eye on the events listings here as lots of locations will be holding events over the summer. Similarly, be sure to check out the official Norfolk Libraries twitter page, @NorfolkLibs as well as their Facebook page for additional information.

For 11-18 year olds, the ImagiNation project has returned for a second year, and young people are encouraged to read and creatively respond to books in any way, shape, or form. The work produced then has the opportunity to be shared on the project’s official blog– take a look here to see what other young people have submitted already this year. You can also sign up to this in libraries, so make sure you pop along to pick up your ImagiNation pack, especially if you want to keep busy over the summer!

Phew! Shall we have some Friday Reads? We promise the similarities in their covers is completely unintentional…

Georgie: Hate by Alan Gibbons

HateA powerful and poignant tale that opened my eyes to the terrible discrimination young people faced on a daily basis. After Rosie’s sister Sophie was brutally murdered her family fell to pieces. Rosie’s mother was fighting for justice and her father was just trying to get through the day. Rosie’s life is thrown into further turmoil when one of the witnesses to Sophie’s murder joined her school. This novel is a raw and powerful depiction of the senselessness of Hate Crime.

This book is based on the true story of Sophie Lancaster, a teenage girl who was kicked to death in a park just because she looked different. I really enjoyed this book and found the different perspectives and experiences very moving. A must read!

(Indigo Books, £7.99 paperback, ISBN 9781780621784)

ZoëItch by Simon Mayo

ItchI thoroughly enjoyed the exploits of Itchingham ‘Itch’ Lofte along with his sister, Chloe, and cousin, Jack.

Itch’s hobby of collecting the elements from the periodic table causes all sorts of unexpected and awkward predicaments, especially the final rock he acquires from his supplier, ‘Cake’…

This book is a great read whether you are interested in the science behind the story or not, as it is fast-paced with plenty of action, twists and turns.

(Corgi Books, £6.99, ISBN 9780552565509)

Mandy:  Now You See Me… by Emma Haughton 

Now you see me

This teen book is a real page turning thriller. It has pace and suspension right to the last page. Hannah’s best friend Danny disappears without trace. As everyone hangs on to the hope he is still alive, miraculously he reappears three years later, but Hannah has to uncover the truth.

(£6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781409563693)

(Our previous Friday Reads can be found here)

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Seasides and Swimming Pools

Norfolk schools finished for summer this week which means the calm before the storm has descended in our office….the storm being the return of this term’s project boxes and the collating and packing of new ones ready to be sent out for September!

Though we’re gearing up for a busy summer, we’re still finding time to read books- here are this week’s water-themed Friday Reads.

Apryl: Lorali by Laura Dockrill 

LoraliI am a self-confessed Laura Dockrill fangirl, so to say I was looking forward to ‘Lorali’- her first YA novel- is an understatement. The novel focuses on a Mermaid who is discovered by a teenage boy called Rory when she is washed up on a beach in Hastings and while it’s not ordinarily the type of book I would read, I loved it SO much-it’s just SO clever! I really enjoyed the way that the chapters shifted between the perspectives of three narrators (Rory, Lorali, and The Sea) and as always, Laura has such an creative and poetic way of describing her book’s characters; I loved the stylish Ablegare boys and of course, Lorali herself.

(Hot Key Books, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781471404221)

Harriet: Pool by JiHyeon Lee

poolThis is a lovely and very funny wordless picture book by a Korean artist.  A lone swimmer dives into a swimming pool well below a riotous gang of splashy, noisy people playing with water toys on the surface. Along with another diver they explore the silent depths which magically fill with fish. Simple but with lots to enjoy.

(Chronicle Books, £10.99 hardback, ISBN 9781452142944)

(Our previous Friday Read recommendations can be found here).

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Friday Reads Returns!

Our Friday Reads feature is back for the summer (and beyond)- and today we’ve got not one, not two or three, but FOUR mini-reviews from members of our team. We’re always interested to hear what everyone else is reading, so if you’ve encountered any great books lately, let us know via the comments!

Gail: Jessica’s Ghost by Andrew Norriss

Jessica's GhostAuthor Helen Dennis was visiting schools in Norfolk recently and while we were chatting she recommended Jessica’s Ghost. I found the story on SLS’s ebook platform and whipped through it really quickly! The story is a completely new departure for author Andrew Norriss. It concerns bullying, depression and friendship and is more suitable for KS3 than his other KS2 fantasies. Jessica is a ghost who befriends three teenagers who don’t find it easy to fit in. They have great fun together (I loved the way Jessica could just ‘think’ her way into any outfit she fancied!) but, as the story develops, we discover the sad truth about Jessica’s death. The novel is ultimately hopeful and would open up many avenues for discussion about the mental health of teens today.

(David Fickling Books, £10.99 hardback, ISBN 9781910200339)

Harriet: My Life As a Goldfish by Rachel Rooney

My Life as a GoldfishA collection of short poems, many of them amusing and appealing for KS2 age children.  They are tiny portraits, captured moments, snapshots of a child’s life and viewpoints. For instance:

Property For Sale

Two houses up for sale.

One stick, one straw.

Both self-assembly.

See pig next door.

(Frances Lincoln, £6.99, ISBN 9781847804822)

 Mandy: In Bloom by Matthew Crow

In BloomIf you thought “The Fault In Our Stars” was good, you really should read this!

Although it is a very moving love story of two young people with cancer, it is also one  of the funniest and most life- affirming books I have read for a long time. Laugh out loud funny in places and also desperately sad, it portrays these teens and their families with honesty and affection; and without being maudlin or overzealous with the medical element! Francis’ internal struggles and anxieties have an Adrian Mole feel and a veracity about them. Give it a go!

(Constable, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781472105523)

Zoë: Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz

Ark AngelAnother thrilling instalment in the Alex Rider series, Ark Angel doesn’t disappoint as it is action-packed with adventure, daring pursuits, deadly eco-terrorists and even more gadgets.

I am really enjoying the series as it is relatively easy to read yet full of interest with Alex’s many adventures as a young spy. In this book, Alex is recovering from injuries incurred in the previous story. Nevertheless, his curiosity gets the better of him when he overhears a conversation during the night as he visits the toilet in hospital….

(Walker Books, £7.99 paperback, ISBN 9781406360240)

(Our previous Friday Reads can be read here)

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Norwich KS2 Fiction Discussion- Summer Term

The third meeting of our Norwich KS2 Reading 4 Pleasure group took place at the end of last month, with attendees this time descending on Saxlingham Nethergate who’d volunteered to host. As usual we had a wonderful time discussing the books that had been loaned to each school for the term, in particular elaborating upon what they found worked and didn’t work with the children in their classes.

KS2 FDG SummerMortimer Keene series by Tim Healey and Chris Mould

  • Really well liked by the children, who particularly liked that each book in the series is a different colour- made it easy for them to recognise which ones they’d read!
  • Perfect for Years 3 & 4- a quick read for both boys and girls

Corpse Talk (Series 1) by Adam Murphy

  • Well-received and well-loved by those who read it.
  • All agreed it was a very original concept
  • Provided lots of interesting details, particularly about historical figures that children might not know about. On several occasions, children were inspired to go and read more about the individuals they’d read about!
  • A good introduction to the comic/graphic novel form; many children hadn’t encountered this style before and though apprehensive, seemed to click with it after a while when shown how to navigate (i.e. how to follow both the image and text!).
  • Language seems quite sophisticated- perhaps best for top end KS2?

Shakespeare Retold series by Martin Waddell

  • The class at Saxlingham had recently studied a Shakespeare text (and been to a Shakespeare festival!) so several of the children did pick up and read the book. They found some of the language quite difficult, even in this simplified version- perhaps best off for better Year 4s.
  • Moorlands selected the version of Macbeth as their class story and really enjoyed it- even reading some other Shakespeare plays!
  • Everyone agreed that these (and other) simplified versions are a great introduction to Shakespeare and the themes of his work, and provided a starting point for great discussions about play styles.

The Number 1 Car Spotter by Atinuke

  • Another book which was well-received by children, many of who went on to read several of the other books in this series by Atinuke.
  • Those who read it really liked how funny it was, and that it was set in a contrasting culture (Africa).

Blackberry Blue by Jamila Gavin

  • A slow read which was not taken up by many pupils- perhaps too high level?
  • The book comprises of a nice variety of heroes and heroines, and the tales are very original- not predictable like other fairy tales.
  • It was suggested that the stories might work well when read aloud.

The Promise by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin

  • Children enjoyed the story but didn’t pick up on  the message- perhaps too subtle for them?
  • The illustration style was considered to be very interesting and unlike many other books, but this perhaps made it hard for the children to follow.

Knightley and Son by Rohan Gavin

  • A definite success for boy readers, and very popular with both children and staff!
  • All those who read it were very keen for the sequel.

As well as the books read this term, there was also animated discussion on a variety of book-related topics including Malorie Blackman’s stint as Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell’s succession to the post (in particular, what his role will do for the importance of illustration) and the recent Carnegie and Kate Greenaway winners, Tanya Landman who won for Buffalo Soldier, and William Grill who won with his book Shackleton’s Journey. The books for Autumn term have been allocated and we’re excited for another great meeting of book discussion!

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Norfolk Children’s Book Festival 2015

On a sunny June afternoon, some of our team headed to the Norfolk Children’s Book Festival taking place at Norwich School, located in the shadow of our city’s wonderful Cathedral. A brilliant day was had by all, as one of our Librarians, Harriet, describes below:

‘A cloudless blue sky, a green playing field surrounded by the grey and yellow stones of sunlit medieval buildings and softened by trees gently swaying in the fresh – stop! I obviously need an awful lot of help from one of the many wonderful attendees at the 2015 Norfolk Children’s Book Festival, both adults and young people. 

Perfect conditions helped make this a memorable day, but the real stars were the brilliant authors, the fantastic Norwich School organisers led by librarian Cheryl Wood, and the 650 pupils from Norfolk (and one Cambridgeshire) primary and high schools.

Norwich School planned a full day of author talks and workshops, with time allotted for book buying and signing (though the books were selling so well, and the authors chatted so nicely to every single young buyer, there was barely time to fit in a trip to the ice cream van as well…).  Books were supplied by Jarrold’s, and there were also displays and activities from the Norwich Writers’ Centre, the Rotary Club, the Young Walter Scott Prize – and ourselves, Norfolk School Library Service.

The pupils were treated to talks by Dave Shelton (A Boy and a Bear in a Boat) and Annabel Pitcher (My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece) about how they were inspired to write and how they got published; to performances – there’s no other word for it – from poet Paul Cookson and non-fiction writer Nick Arnold, the latter doing experiments and inviting volunteers up to help, like a magician and his assistant. Steve Feasey (Mutant City) entertained with a discussion about genre in fiction and film.

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(The above photos are courtesy of Rob from Jarrold’s– Thanks, Rob!)

Many thanks to Norwich School for their generosity in organising such a treat.  It was a memorable day indeed, inspiring and full of encouragement for young people to not only keep reading, but get creative themselves.  I’m sure any one of them could compose a far better introduction than mine…’

Our library assistant, Zoe, had this to add:

‘We spoke to lots of staff and children throughout the day, discussing books and our services. One girl told us about the numerous stories she has written and how she hopes to publish her books when she is older, explaining that is why she is teaching her younger brother to read; so he can read them!

Paul Cookson called by the stand and spent a few minutes discussing poetry and we told him how much we had enjoyed his session in the main marquee.

Paul Cookson SLS stand

(Hi Paul, thanks for posing!)

Steve Feasey also dropped by and had a chat with us. He is a great supporter of libraries, saying that reading is extremely important to a child’s development, so it comes as no surprise to learn he works as a volunteer every week at his local library.

The children queued patiently to either buy books or wait for them to be signed; a credit to all their schools with their behaviour during the day.’

Thanks to Norwich School for an excellent day- we can’t wait to see who you book for next year!

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Secret Breakers in Norfolk!

Here at Norfolk SLS. we were lucky to have code cracking author H.L Dennis visiting us for two whole days at the end of June, a brilliant author who was returning to the county for the second time this year (she appeared at our Conference in March!). Helen even brought along her daughter Meggie who we discovered was the illustrator for all 6 of the Secret Breakers books!

During this time Helen visited 3 primary schools in the West including our very own Methwold Reading Group Cluster.

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The Methwold group read Helen’s first book ‘The Power of Three’ in preparation for her visit and we were all astounded by their in-depth knowledge of main characters Brodie, Hunter and Tusia. After lunch we travelled to Holly Meadows Primary School were Year 6 gathered in the hall to crack some codes.

Helen and Meggie’s second day was spent at West Lynn Primary School. Helen and Meggie worked their way around different classrooms weighed down with code cracking paraphernalia. Here’s what they said about Helen’s visit:

“Helen was brilliant!  The children really enjoyed learning and having a go at cracking codes. Some classes have been reading Helen’s first book so it linked well with that and enabled some of the children to get a deeper understanding of the book and the plot. Some children have spent lots of time since wanting to write and crack codes!”

We really enjoyed having Helen and Meggie in Norfolk and hope to see them again soon.

Once Helen had returned to sunny Eastbourne we received a lovely email from her. In it she said:

 “I really do think that Norfolk’s Library service is fantastic! Everything was so well organised and planned and we really did have a wonderful time so thank you so much for all you did…and for all you do to promote reading across the county. It is a privilege to be involved with you!”

Thanks, Helen, you’re making us blush! You’re welcome to visit us in Norfolk anytime you like!

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