Ally Kennen talks to 7M2 and 8S3

Ally Kennan, a local author, came in to school to promote her latest book, Bullet Boys. We have been following her career ever since her first novel, Beast, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Award a few years back. If you like gritty adventure stories with plenty of danger, then she is the author for you!

She told us how, after several crazy jobs (including getting to Number 41 in the charts!), she took a creative writing course at Bath University and it was during that time that she wrote Beast. She has not looked back since! Even 3 children and a menagerie of animals don’t stop her from writing daily.

Her advice to budding authors was to keep a diary, even if you don’t write in it every day. It will offer plenty of ideas later in your life, when you are looking for inspiration.

Mrs Gibson was thrilled to find that Ally had tweeted a photo of her in LB1 that she has put on her own blog www.allykennen.blogspot.com  She was praising Backwell and Brimsham Green schools for having Fiction Rooms and regular Library Lessons.

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Year 9 Reading Revolution

Click here to read our reviews and get ideas for a Good Read

We have launched a new blog this term, specially for the Year 9s.

They will be reviewing books they have read and enjoyed and we will be posting them, along with a bookcover picture and a hyperlink to the author’s or series’ website or maybe a youtube trailer on the blog. Mrs Gibson wrote the first review to check out the system, and this was followed by our first student review on Friday. Before the day was out we had had two “likes” and a “follower” for the blog – all from people outside school!

Check it out and maybe it will help you find a book you might like.

Wikipedia off-line today

Here in the library, we are not particularly upset by this, as we have plenty of non-fiction books and print encyclopaedias. Twitter has been chirping madly about the website’s protest at proposed anti-piracy laws in the US. Just follow #FactsWithoutWikipedia.

Here are just  a few of our favourite tweets, all from Philip Ardagh who visited Backwell School last September (@PhilipArdagh):

“Pride and Prejudice: book by Colonel Steve Austin about a bunch of bigoted lions.”

“e-books: the exclamation made by Yorkshire people on entering a library and looking around.”

“Catch 22: the very bottom bolt on the vault door of Fort Knox.”

“Shamrock: Sherlock Holmes’s Irish half-brother.”

Read the book? Now see the film!

War Horse by Michael MorpurgoIt is great to see EVERYONE reading at Backwell School. We have a waiting list for War Horse in the Library, and Mr Ball, our Site Manager, borrowed a copy yesterday. Here is what he has to say about it:

Cleck here to watch the film trailer

 Read this last night.  Great story simply written through the eyes and ears of the horse – most unusual.

The book is written very simply and the story flows quite well. The events in the horse’s life are not over dramatised and it shows how he responds to good care and love, and earns the respect and love of his various owners, keepers and captors.

Slightly worried the film may ruin the simplicity by over dramatization of events.

My wife is now reading. Thank you Library Ladies,  Brilliant:-)

Mr Ball                                                                                                         Site Manager