Week beginning 06.12.2021
Treasure Island (originally titled The Sea Cook: A Story for Boys) is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, telling a story of "buccaneers and buried gold".
Week Beginning 29.11.2021
A boy covered in hair, raised as a monster, condemned to life in a travelling freak show. A boy with an extraordinary power of observation and detection. A boy accused of murder; on the run; hungry for the truth…
Week beginning 22.11.2021 - Poetry
The Raven is a classic American poem famous for its dark themes, foreboding tone, and clever rhythms and rhymes. Eighteen stanzas take the reader on a journey through the troubled mind of the poem's narrator, a young man who sits alone in his study, depressed and agonizing over the loss of his beloved Lenore.
Week Beginning 15.11.2021
The bestselling story about love, loss and hope that launched David Almond as one of the best children's writers of today. Winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread children's book of the Year Award.
When a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister's illness, Michael's world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain.
Then, one Sunday afternoon, he stumbles into the old, ramshackle garage of his new home, and finds something magical. A strange creature - part owl, part angel, a being who needs Michael's help if he is to survive. With his new friend Mina, Michael nourishes Skellig back to health, while his baby sister languishes in the hospital.
But Skellig is far more than he at first appears, and as he helps Michael breathe life into his tiny sister, Michael's world changes for ever . . .
Skellig won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. David Almond is also winner of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen award.
Black History Month October
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Bruno is a 9-year-old boy growing up during WW2 in Berlin. He lives with his parents, his 12-year-old sister Gretel, whom he describes as 'A Hopeless Case,' and maids, one of whom is named Maria. After a visit by Adolf Hitler, The Fuhrer (which Bruno commonly mispronounces as "Fury"), Bruno's father, Ralf, is promoted to Commandant and the family has to move to Auschwitz, which Bruno mispronounced as "Out-With"), the biggest concentration camp in history, on the orders of "The Fury".
The Silver Sword
Our first extract is from The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier. “Joseph Balicki", the headmaster of a primary school in Warsaw, was arrested by German soldiers in early 1940, a few months into WW2 and taken away to a prison camp. His primary school was shortly taken over and the students were forced to be taught in German. Pictures of Adolf Hitler had been put up around the school, and during a scripture lesson Joseph had secretly turned one of these pictures around to face the wall. Someone had reported this to the Germans and as a result, he was taken from his house to the prison camp on a cold winter's night. He spent more than a year in prison before escaping after knocking out a guard and stealing the man's uniform. He then set off to his hometown of Warsaw. After fleeing the prison, Joseph arrived at a house in a village across the valley from the prison camp and took shelter with an elderly couple living there. They were at first confused by his Polish appearance and speech, as well as with his German uniform, but they accepted him as a friend after he told them about what had happened to him and showed them the prison number ZAK 2473 branded on his arm as proof. Shortly after his arrival, they heard the prison camp "escape bell" ringing in the distance, and he realised his escape must have been detected. German soldiers arrived the next day searching for the escapee but Joseph had hidden up a chimney to avoid being captured or shot. Two soldiers had entered the house and they fired bullets up the chimney to discover if anyone is there but they fled the house (fearful of ruining their uniforms) after dislodging a heap of soot. Joseph spent two weeks in the house before returning to Warsaw. The old man travelled with him for the first part of the journey, after which Joseph ventured on alone.