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18th Jul 2022

We had our first staff Booky Brunch in the Library last week, where staff were able to borrow some holiday reading and our school Librarian had the opportunity to do what she does best - point people to books they may not otherwise have considered!

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Recommendations for summer reading included:

  • Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood 
  • Midnight Library by Matt Haig 
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 
  • Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
  • The Sandman by Neil Gaiman  
  • Kiss of the Spiderwoman by Manual Puig 
  • American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins 
  • Book Lovers Bucket List by Caroline Taggart
  • Sorrow & Bliss by Meg Mason 
  • The Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne 
  • Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus 
  • The Missing Letters of Mrs Bright by Beth Miller  
  • The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal  

The Library is always full of students during second break and after school, and it was wonderful to welcome our staff into this inspiring space. 

Some chose from the current display of books set in Commonwealth Nations.  This display is a mixture of both fiction and non-fiction that has been curated to encourage students and staff to broaden awareness of the countries the athletes taking place in the Commonwealth Games this summer come from. Within this collection are also books that offer greater understanding of genocide in Sierra Leone and Rwanda, what it is to suffer a bipolar episode and the innovation in the RAF Engineering ranks that facilitated the ending of the Falklands War!   

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Children’s series that were also recommended as great reads for Young Adults included: 

  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (Crime, comedy, horror adventure with a dead warrior, sorcerer detective) 
  • Young Bond by Charlie Higson & Steve Cole (James Bond’s childhood action adventures at Eton & beyond)
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman (Medical & societal ethics where parents can sign up naughty kids as ‘body parts’ in high demand)
  • Jack Courtenay Series by Wilbur Smith & Chris Wakeling (Exploring & raising awareness of environmental issues) 
  • Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott (A hexalogy including Alchemyst, Magician, Sorceress, Necromancer, Warlock & Enchantress)
  • Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke (Fabulous for fantasy fans of good dragons & other wonderful creatures) 
  • Chrestomanci by Dianna Wynne Jones (Adventure in the magical worlds of Christopher Chant) 

All of these are in the Library… as is the book entitled Why You Should Read Children’s Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise! 

We hope that this has inspired parents and carers to choose a book to transport yourselves to another world over the summer. What might you want to read?