Dead bodies and pot-bellied pigs.

The Library had a busy day on Tuesday when author, Tanya Landman, came to visit. In the morning she worked with two Year 10 groups, encouraging them to think about planning when writing. What better way to do this than plan a murder. We needed a celebrity victim, a nasty death, plenty of suspects with reasons to hate and a confession. Victims included Noel Edmonds, Psy, Michael Gove and Spencer and the opening scenes and final conclusions were varied and atmospheric. Well done to all those attending.

Setting the scene with a murder involves a celebrity drowning in her own toilet!

Setting the scene with a murder involves a celebrity drowning in her own toilet!

After a picnic lunch with some Year 7 readers, Tanya entertained 80 students with smelly tales of pet pigs (inspired by Charlotte’s Web as a child), some historical background about early explorers, Native Americans and Aztecs, involving a large inflatable globe whilst explaining how she writes and  works with her publisher.

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At the end of the event, students  were challenged to remember what they had seen on a tray as they entered the library. The 10 items are shown below and we have picked two winners, who will receive a signed copy of one of her books.

Did you remember all of these?

Did you remember all of these?


Come on, feel THE NOISE

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Mrs Gibson is a “Book Giver”.  Of course you knew that! But, this week she is working on behalf of World Book Night, having successfully applied to give away 20 copies of The Knife of never letting go by the amazing Patrick Ness.

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Whilst many students know that she is mad about this Chaos Walking Trilogy (and there are several copies in the Library!) in this instance she is hoping that TEACHERS will ask for the books, so that they can experience Young Adult fiction published today.

So, come on you teachers, get on down to the Library today, for your free book. Read about Todd Hewitt, the last boy in Prentisstown, where everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant and overwhelming noise.

knife of never letting go page

A book like you have never read before. You won’t be disappointed.

If you would like to hear what Patrick has to say about his writing, click below:

Invitation to Churchill School

One of the stories on this year’s Carnegie Shortlist is about a boy with a severe facial disfigurement. His favourite time of the year is Halloween, when he says “We could all wear masks…. and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks.”
The Reading Group were intrigued to open a brightly coloured box from The group at Churchill. Apart from an invitation to their Carnegie Award Lunch on 19th June, it contained a large set of white masks:
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The message reads, “Let the masks reflect the stories you have read.”
We will have fun decorating them before the event and will publish photos of our results.

Murder in the Library!

Excitement is mounting as we prepare for a visit by author Tanya Landman.She will be running two writing workshops in LB1 for Year 10 students, followed in the afternoon, by an “Author Talk” for Years 7 and 8.
There are still tickets available from the Library Desk.


Tanya has written Historical novels for older teenagers. The Reading Group followed her first, Apache in 2007, when it was shortlisted for the Carnegie Award.


We now have Year 7s gobbling up her Poppy Fields series where Poppy and Graham have to race to solve the mystery as bodies fall right, left and centre! Light humourous reads, with quirky characters and twists and turns galore: Mrs Gibson’s favourite is Poison Pen, set during a Literary Festival. No author is safe – and the Librarian saves the day (of course!)

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You can find out more about Tanya on her website.