Canadian author Deborah Ellis visits us

We were joined by students from Backwell Junior School for an interesting and informative visit from Canadian author Deborah Ellis. Deborah’s books are inspired by her regular travels to war torn areas of the world , such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bolivia.

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Deborah read from her first book The Breadwinner

She explained to us the plights of children living in these areas and how they put their lives in danger almost daily to help their families survive.

We learned about young girls dressing as boys to work and obtain food for families that have seen their men and boys murdered. Also the appalling conditions endured in Bolivian prisons and the children forced to work for drug cartels, pounding coca leaves in cocaine pits which also contain sulphuric acid and kerosene. When their feet become too damaged for them to work they are taken back and dumped on city streets where they face abuse and starvation.

Deborah’s talk told us about lives very different to our own and introduced us to strong minded characters, determined to create better lives for themselves.  We all came away with a lot to think about and a real keenness to read her books which, despite their content, are very accessible to readers from Yr 6 upwards.

The Library ladiez suggest you try The Breadwinner or Prison Runner. To discover all of her books and to find out more about Deborah’s work click here.

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Watch out, the Carnegie Shortlist is out!

The LibraryLadiez and our very keenest readers have begun meeting again on a regular basis to shadow this year’s Carnegie Award.

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards. Often described by authors and illustrators as ‘the one they want to win’ – they are the gold standard in children’s literature. The medals are awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book for children and young people in June.

Shortlist 2014

Click on the 2014 shortlist to visit the Shadowing Site and find out more.

In the meantime, we will be shadowing the award and reading as many of the shortlisted titles as we can and debating their merits. We are welcoming a large new cohort from Year 8 this year and one or two students from Year 7 who are determined to rise to the challenge!

Oh, and we get to eat cake in the library – but don’t tell anyone!!

Book Fair busy, busy, busy!

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Only 2 days in, and we are doing a roaring trade. Students are enjoying browsing a large range of books, posters and stationary and spending like mad!

Many thanks go to the English Team who are bringing their classes in during lesson time for their introduction and to recieve their World Book Day £1 vouchers. More thanks to our two lovely Lunchtime Assistants who are keeping us organised while the library itself operates as usual. The Book Fair will be open every lunchtime this week for anyone who wishes to pop in.

Watch out tomorrow as we give out the prizes for the competitions we have been running – £5 Book Tokens for 6 lucky winners.