Library Trip to see the new Children’s Laureate

We have 32 tickets to see popular YA author and new Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman, at Bristol Grammar School on Monday 25th November, 5 – 7pm.

We will be leaving school at 3.30pm in order to arrive at BGS in time for refreshments before the main event. Afterwards there will be the opportunity to purchase a book signed by the author before returning for around 7pm.

Tickets cost £8 (including entrance, refreshments and a contribution to the coach) and are available from the Library Ladiez (first come-first serve)

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Malorie is a lovely and inspiring lady, who has been writing for many years and she will be presenting her new novel Noble Conflict. She is best known for her multi award-winning Noughts & Crosses series where she addresses racial issues,depicting a world in which black people (Crosses) are the ruling elite and white people (noughts)  are confined to minority status, denied legal rights and work in menial jobs. The novels focus on the frustrated love affair between a black girl, Sephy, and a white boy,Callum. The couple have been described as a modern-day Romeo and Juliet.

As Children’s Laureate, Malorie is championing the wide and varied work of authors writing for teenagers today, as well as encouraging all children to own a Library Card.

So if you are a fan, keen reader or aspiring writer, this is the trip for you!

The Buzzing continues!

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Bookbuzz is a reading programme from Booktrust, which supports schools to encourage reading for pleasure, independent choice and develop a whole school reading culture and The Library Ladiez are thrilled that Backwell School is participating this year.

All Year 7s students have the opportunity to choose their own book to keep (from a list of titles suitable for 11-year-olds and selected by a panel of experts) during their Reading Lessons with Mrs Gibson.

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Can you spot Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis?

If you wish to find out more about Book Buzz, click here.

Gill Lewis creates a buzz among the Year 7s.

What a fabulous event we had with author, Gill Lewis, last Friday! Gill came with Laura, a volunteer from the Bath Children’s Literature Festival, before her main event there on Sunday. The whole of Year 7 filled the theatre (with some even having to sit in the posh seats in the gallery!) to hear her talk about her new book, Moon Bear. Not only did we hear about her writing (beginning with her drawings in her sketchbook) but we also learnt about the plight of these animals, kept in dreadful conditions to supply bear bile for the chinese medicine market. Students were so eager to ask questions about Gill’s writing, inspiration (and earnings!) that we ran out of time!

Students bought copies of Gill’s books which she kindly signed and we would like to give many thanks to Andy and Janey from Waterstones, who ran the book sales for us and helping the session run so smoothly. Gill, Laura, Andy and Janey all praised our lovely school and the impeccable behaviour of our students. Pats on the back all round then!

To help you choose…….

The Library Ladiez try to be on-hand to help students find a good read.

However, if they are not available there a number of places to look for ideas in the Fiction Room.

We have a number of brochures with suggestions for new authors within genres, eg Diaries.

We have a number of brochures with suggestions for new authors within genres, eg Diaries.

The Ultimate Teen Book Guide has just about every teen book published, with great ideas for what to read next.

The Ultimate Teen Book Guide has just about every teen book published, with great ideas for what to read next.

Some shelves display titles within a genre, eg War stories.

Some shelves display titles within a genre, eg War stories.

Look out for the QR lables for popular authors. You can scan the QR to access the author's website.

Look out for the QR lables for popular authors. You can scan the QR to access the author’s website.

Some series are highlighted in these neat little boxes.

Some series are highlighted in these neat little boxes.

The Library Ladiez constantly update the displays, so do keep a lookout for something new.

Year 7 going wild with author, Gill Lewis.

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Click here for the Gill Lewis website

Our annual author event for all Year 7s is taking place on Friday 4th October, with well known and award winning Gill Lewis. The Library Ladiez are pleased to discover that many students already know Gill’s books and are excitedly awaiting her talk, Q&A and signing session in the main theatre.

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Gill is in the area to take part in the Bath Children’s Literature Festival which is running all week, and she is currently promoting her new book, Moon Bear.

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The Library Ladiez were sent this lovely little video also created by Gill which they hope strikes a chord with many older readers (who know that reading can become a pleasure not a chore) and will inspire the younger ones to make good friends with their librarian!