Bristol Teen Book Award

The Bristol Teen Book Award is an exciting new award celebrating diversity in Young Adult novels. It was launched this summer and has shortlisted six recently published books from the UK all with a theme of diversity and identity. Young people in Bristol and the surrounding area are invited to read as many titles as they can and it is THEY who will be voting for the winner early next year!

BTBA 2018 shortlist slide

We will be promoting these titles to students in Y9 and above. They are displayed in the Library and available to borrow.  

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Books for Gamers

Our latest Reading list was compiled as a result of the Library Ladiez belonging to a new Facebook group, Secondary School Librarians. We honestly can’t remember life before Social Media – what a change it has made to our work! School Library staff are often lone workers with a different professional background to the vast majority of teaching staff in their school. We now have online “Staffrooms” where we can go for support, advice and ideas from Library workers across the country and often, the world!

Click on the link below the graphic for the pdf version of this wonderful visual list created by Patt Barr who compiled it from suggestions made by members of the Facebook Group. 

Books for Gamers

Books for gamers Poster Pdf

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Summer reading ideas for Year 7

Y7  Library lessons are now drawing to a close and we have spent our last lesson competing in a Team Quiz which has sorted keen readers from those not so!

As a heads-up: students in Y7 and Y8 will be reading their own choice of book at the start of all English lessons next year. So, before we all go off into the sunset (long may this weather continue) we are posting our latest list of suggestions aimed at Y7 students who wish to keep reading over the holidays and those who want to find a good book ready for September. 

Below is the pdf for the list which contains books we stock here, and that you will also be able to trace in your local public library and any good bookshop.

Y7 Summer Reads 2018

Y7 Summer reading 2018

 

Fiction suggestions for Y8 Parents Evening

As always we have updated our Read on Y8 book list ready for Parents Evening this evening. English teachers have bookmarks to give out should they wish to encourage students to read more widely, and parents who are looking for ideas to support their child can ask for one.

We have placed a pdf copy here for you to see/print off should anyone have missed the above opportunity:

Read on Yr 8 leaflet

Read on Y8

 

Football fever hits the Branford Boase Award

The display on Mrs Gibson’s desk recently has contained the books shortlisted for this year’s Branford Boase Award. 

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The BBA was set up to reward the most promising new writers and their editors, as well as to reward excellence in writing and in publishing. The Award is made annually to the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards by a first time novelist.

We are pleased to announce that the winner is

Kick by Mitch Johnson

the book we have been promoting in Y7 Reading Lessons this week

Kick is about a young sweatshop worker, Budi, who dreams of being a famous footballer one day just like the stars he watches on the TV. But a misguided kick will soon threatens his life as well as his dreams. The story behind the trainers we all aspire to will make us think about those in far away countries, whose lives are lived on the edge. It is also a tale of danger, friendship and family, that is funny,  heartening and inspiring. Perfect for readers 10-12 years old. 

Here are the other titles on the shortlist, most of which are available in the school Library:

2018 shortlist

 

Backwell Book Day shenanigans

With Activities week over, Y11 and Y13 out of school, so we could relax a little and focus on being creative with literature for a day. The English Department and Library Ladies encouraged all teachers to add a literary flair to their lessons for the day, devised some booky competitions, a Book Swap and invited some inspiring performers in to work with us. 

Steven Camden has been on our radar for a while and we were thrilled that he had the day free to visit us to work with Y9, Y10 and even Y12. We have never seen a speaker engage a whole year group in the way that Steven could with his style of poetry, story creation and story telling. Y9 were a group of 300 and he held them in the palm of his hand, encouraging them to share what they had devised with much aplomb and hilarity. (Can you remember YOUR most embarrassing moment – and are you prepared to share it?!) Every group left reminiscing (staff as well as students!) and fired up for their next English lesson. Teachers say they came in raring to share their new ideas and some had been asked to buy one of Steven’s books because their students demanded to read them!

We also invited Y9 & 10 keen writers, to a working lunch where Steven had them creating their own most contrived rhymes and then building them into a story. 

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We were keen to invite local theatricals, Living Spit to entertain Y7 and Y8 with their witty mix of drama, storytelling, rhyme and song. One Man and his Cow had everyone giggling at the gurning, and humming the songs for the remainder of the day!

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A huge thank you goes out to our performers for tweaking their acts to fit in with our timetable, so that every student in school could watch a show. 

Congratulations to our competition winners, Emily, Y8 for guessing all 20 book titles on the Book Trail, and Frankie, Y12 for being one of the many to guess the Book in a Jar was Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix!

Carnegie 2018 – a day of celebration

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This year’s shortlist reading period seems to have flashed by and today was the day, when we met with our old and new friends from Churchill Academy to debate the merits of all eight books up for the Carnegie medal. It was our turn to host and we made a full day of activities, quizzes and discussion by adding an author talk in the morning. Mimi Thebo lives nearby and we had seen her books nominated for Carnegie (Dreaming the Bear was also Longlisted last year) so thought she would be a good person to enlighten us about book awards. What a great day we had!

After breaking the ice and getting to know one another we settled into teams for the annual quiz – the new round contained a Grab-Bag full of items featured in the books, each one with a bonus question:

It was a closely run contest with joint winners choosing a book prize and sharing home-made shortlisted book chox: 

Mimi provided the highlight of the day with a fascinating talk looking into the perils of trying to become a published author, let alone one who wins an award. We were left inspired to search out well written books and to share them with others. Students queued up to purchase a signed book (or two) and Mimi spent time chatting with each one. Oh and we loved her bears!

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Lunch is always another highlight with our visitors bringing Carnegie themed cake:

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And last but not least is our regular big debate on the merits of all 8 shortlisted books and a vote for the best of the bunch. This year our winner was obvious with 2/3 of the votes going to Will Hill’s After the Fire:

So now all we need to do, is hold our breath until Monday 18th June, when the adult judges announce the winner of the best written book for children and young adults for 2018. We shall be live-streaming the event in our Reading Room at lunchtime for anyone who wishes to attend.

On their way home, I asked students to write their view of the day on our new wipe-board, using their initials to begin the words, so I will leave you with them.

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We are recommending our group members now try some of the different titles shortlisted for the YA Award (although our favourite, Will Hill won this last week with After the Fire)  Click below  for details of both lists

Carnegie Longlist & YA shortlist