Top Trump Characters

Year 7’s homework over the Whitsun Break was to create a Top Trump card for a book character. We have been pleased to see students have been reading a wide range of titles this year and our display hopes to offer some “Good Read” suggestions to others.

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Brownies and Books

A good turnout for our Staff Reading Group Meeting. Mrs Parnell provided tea and home-made brownies while the group discussed Pure by local author, Andrew Miller. We were all agreed it was a beautifully written evocative piece about Paris, just before the start of the revolution, but the grime and smell and lack of plot, made it a difficult read for some.

Our next book is going to be The remains of the day by Kazuo Ishiguro, which was a book offered by World Book Night. Our meeting, sometime in Term 6, will be announced later.

If you would like more information about the group, or a copy of the book, please ask the Library Ladiez.

Staff Reading Group – Pure by Andrew Miller

All staff are welcome to join in reading our choice over the Easter Holiday

Fabulous review by Adele Geras on the History Girls' Blog. Read it AFTER you have read the book yourself!

“..a year of bones, of grave-dirt, relentless work. Of mummified corpses and chanting priests. A year of rape, suicide, sudden death. Of friendship too. Of desire. Of love…A year unlike any other he has lived.”

Follow the story of the young engineer, Jean-Baptiste Baratte and we promise you will not fail to be absorbed in his gruesome task of clearing the Cemetery of the innocents.

We will let you know when the meeting will be, after the Easter break.

If you have read it or finish it over the holidays, why not leave us a comment?

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.

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