Our students enjoy opportunities to share with each other great books they have read and last week all of our year 3-8s took part in a quick 3 word blurb sharing activity. They each had to think of a book they had enjoyed recently and write 3 words that someone could expect to find in that book. Publishers sometimes do this:
Students then mingled until they found a match for just one of those words. Once a match was found, they shared with each other the title and plot of their book and what they enjoyed about it, in the hope that if the other person had similar tastes they might just like the idea of the rest of their book enough to give it a go. They then set off again to find another match. This created a busy hive of activity of passionate discussions about books. Perfect!
Here are a couple of students whose recommendations led to the purchase of new books for the library:
Tom is a Year 8 and sold the idea of this book,Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump.
This book contains: Hunting, Adventure, Survival
When I started to read this book so many connections popped up in my mind that related to me as my hobbies and me as a person. I am not the most enthusiastic reader but I knew that once I found that book that satisfied my interests I would want to read in my spare time!
I totally encourage people like me who love spending time in the outdoors and hunting to give a new subject a go and ask Mrs Bamber kindly to buy a new book for the school and you never know, someone else might like it too!
David Riley talked about this book during his presentation at the end of 2020. For more details look here. I read this book too, it has been one of my favourites so far this year. Adapted to film by Taika Waititi as Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Ricky has been in the welfare system for as long as he can remember, but feels like he has finally found family when he arrives at his Aunty Bella’s door, even if his Uncle Hec is less than welcoming.
“The main thing about Uncle Hec and Aunty Bella, though, was that they liked each other. They were friends, better than any other old people I’d ever known before. It was worth putting up with a lot of other grown-up stuff for that. What kept me from running away from there when things got bad was the way Uncle Hec never cared about about my Maori skin…..It was a long time before I gave up expecting him to say something about my Maoriness in an argument, because people like him always do, but he never did.”
Borrow this book now! Suitable for year 6+.
Eleanor recommended Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger. She will add a review here soon! Her three words were: Fantasy, Friendship, Elves. Suitable for Year 4+
Here’s Hugo. He asked me if we had any books about building treehouses. Andy Griffiths Treehouse series had generated an interest, and we found there was nothing in the library about actual treehouses! So we found him this book which is full of cool images and ideas.
Here are a few of the new books I talked about with different age groups to get them started:
Hilarious graphic novel about a group of doggy friends who get hit by a stray alien aircraft. They are given superpowers, such as slobbering your enemy into submission, or the dog with wheels for back legs is given jets instead! They destroy the town in their exuberance but have the chance to redeem themselves when the evil pussycats invade. Year 2+.
My three words Funny, Dogs, Action.
This has 17 reserves already from students age 7+. The first in the series, Nico Bravo works in his uncle’s shop selling supplies to Gods, Monsters, Unicorns and other other worldly customers. The universe works in this way just fine, keeping trouble away from Planet Earth, until one earnest young adventurer thinks her mission is to kill the Hound of Hades. Anyone who knows their Greek mythology knows that Cerberus has a role in keeping the inhabitants of the underworld exactly where they need to be, so Nico and his brave mates descend to the depths to try to prevent catastrophe. Will they be in time? Read and find out. Year 5+
My three words – Quests, Adventure, Mythology
This is the same author as The boy at the back of the class, a book where kindness to a new refugee sparks a man hunt by his classmates for his lost parents. This book is quite different. Narrator Hector is an unlikeable bully, egged on by his bullying mates to pick out anyone who looks vulnerable and make their life a misery. He picks on the wrong person when Thomas, a homeless man’s entire life crashes into the bottom of the lake in his shopping trolley. A spate of strange thefts from famous landmarks throughout the city and a case of mistaken identity leads to an outpouring of prejudice against the homeless. This is where Hector can turn his life around – it was he that made the mistake of identifying Thomas as the culprit and only he can find out the truth before it is too late. He might just need some help though – who is left that does not despise him for his bullying antics? Year 5+
My three words – Bullying, Mystery, London
This follows on from the popular Goldfish Boy. Matthew’s friend Melody walks her dog every day in the old cemetery, and on taking a different turn uncovers an abandoned house, that appears to have somebody living in it! Bravely she returns to the house and befriends a boy who claims to be a spy, under cover while he watches a local criminal. He gives her riddles to help him on his mission, and when she finally confides in Matthew, he and new (annoying) friend Jake don’t believe Melody and their friendship becomes very strained. What will convince them to believe her, and what happens when they turn the tables and the spied upon become the spies? Year 4+
My three words: Mystery, Spies, Friendship
Clara lives with her mean uncle who doesn’t even let her go to school. Her own parents are a mystery and she can not understand why her uncle would have taken her in. When her uncle disappears, leaving her in this big old house and a handful of cash, she makes the best of things and continues to live there alone. Things look up when Peter arrives, only to take a turn when they find out that the house is to be sold! Where will she go? Perhaps finding out the truth about her parents may unlock her future. Year 4+
My three words: Mystery, Adventure, Secrets
Fantastic historical fiction based on the true story of Holocaust survivors finding peace and safety in the beautiful Lake District in the north west of England. There are flashbacks telling their individual harrowing stories to make this gritty while also celebrating the kindness of the locals and tenacity to uncover surviving relatives. Great for Year 6+.
My three words: Survival, War, Friendship
Intriguing story set in a future Sydney affected by climate change. There are severe restrictions on food production, families can only have one child and crime is high, creating unprecedented social divide. Ashleigh and Aiden are twins and are fiercely protective of one another. They are the rich kids, living in a beautiful, modern, air-conditioned home, their family own 3 self-driven cars, everything at home is controlled by the touch of a button. When Aiden suffers a head injury on a school trip, Ashleigh notices changes in him, and starts to doubt his intentions to protect her at all costs. Unfortunately her power-career driven mother does little to relieve her doubt and the family tension spirals. Year 7+
My three words – Future, Mystery, Siblings
All of these books can be borrowed or reserved now, just click on the library catalogue to find your copy!