All About the Books!

This half term I have decided to dedicate our blog to books. One of the things both staff and pupils have in common is that we love to read and share our experiences of a good book. Immersing ourselves in the lives of the characters portrayed and escaping to another place, allows us all a bit of quiet and calm. Books and the memories around them can also stay with us forever. One of the fondest memories I have of my mum is her reading Anne of Green Gables to me, when I was 10 years old. She never did manage to read the chapter where Anne finds a mouse in the flour, without breaking out into fits of giggles! It will always be one of my favourite books.

In School and House, books are celebrated and pupils are encouraged to engage with all sorts of events to foster a deep love of reading; this term, as well as World Book Day, we were also fortunate to be visited by Joseph Elliot who talked about his critically acclaimed Shadow Skye trilogy and his writing career. The girls loved having the opportunity to ask questions and find out more.

Our theme this year for World Book Day was Alice in Wonderland and whilst many of our Junior House pupils took inspiration for their costumes from the characters dreamt up by Lewis Carol, they also drew upon a wide variety of other books, you can get a glimpse of some of their wonderful costumes in the pictures above, taken from the Junior House Scrapbook (another favourite activity in Junior House). I am really impressed by the breadth of Junior House’s creativity and ideas.

Below are some Junior House book recommendations.

Girl of Ink and Stars By Kiran Millwood Hargrave
“The imagery and suspense is so vivid and really moving. If you enjoy mystery this would be the book for you. Moreover, the main Character is an inspirational woman.”
The Spy School Series by Stuart Gibbs
“This is a series of nine books. Each one about an unexpected mission. The protagonist Ben who is 13 secretly got accepted into the spy school. Twists and turns keep you guessing until the last page.”
Murder Most Unladylike Series by Robin Stevens
“This is a very exciting series of books where two girls solve mystery and murder despite their age.”
Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
“I would recommend this book if you like adventure books. It is a good book if you enjoy stories with interesting people and places. I really enjoyed reading this book and the rest of the series because it is fun and exciting. It has many twists but in the end it is satisfying to finish and you are excited and intrigued to read the next book.”

We also received a new box of books for our House Library and everyone in House is enjoying having the opportunity to read them.