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Peter J Murray Visits School

We were very lucky to have had Peter J Murray at our school last week.  He came to talk to us about his new book The Kruschmeister. He told us spooky tales, which left us wanting to read on and find out what happened next. The two little Victorian girl ghosts who played underneath his window, and the little boy ghost who seemed to get closer every time he looked away, have been in my mind ever since!

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Book Quotes

At Book Group we’ve been decorating our favourite book quotes.  Do you recognise any of them?  Does it make you want to read any of the books?

 

“She felt as if she was falling apart…something happened to me at the grimmer.  I have to know. I have to remember…”  Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

“I need her just as much as she needs me.”  Dreaming the Bear by Mimi Thebo

“Consider yourself not ready, ill equipped, unprepared to mix with your fellows until you have spent 15 minutes in prayer.  Count it as much a social necessary as washing.”  D-Day.

“Being a pale doesn’t mean you have to give up, Jed.” Pale by Chris Wooding.

“So I have to find a mountain that nobody has ever seen?”  Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

“There is more to life than living it behind a wall your entire life.”  Attack on Titan

“Every second counts.” Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong

 

“The end of the w9orld is one of those things that you will never really expect to wind up being your problem…”

“Love puts itself first, and makes its own plans.”

“One mistake does not define you, you simply must act better next time.”

“Stop poking your nose where it doesn’t belong!”

 

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Books for the Difficult Times!

Books aren’t just for the sunny days when everything is going well.  They are also for the times when you feel everything is too much, everything is changing, or you’re facing the worst life has to offer. They can challenge you and make you think, and they can comfort you.  They can show you lives like yours and characters who tackle problems like yours, and they can be an escape route to an entirely different universe.

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Check out these books, many of which are recommended by Reading Well, be comforted and challenged, uplifted and confronted.  And you don’t have to wait until you have problems to read them!

 

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Reasons to Read a Book

 

Here are some of our top reasons to pick a brilliant book:

  • An intriguing blurb
  • If you have enjoyed the Author before
  • If you want to try a new genre
  • If it was recommended by person who likes the same genres as you
  • If the front cover catches your eye
  • If it is linked to you in some way

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Book Group – Our Books This Term

This term we’ve decided to each choose our own book rather than everyone read the same book together.  We are going to create a booklet all about our book, its plot, setting, characters and what we liked about it.

These are the books people have chosen:

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Pale by Chris Wooding

The Last Wild by Piers Torday

The Deadly 7 by Garth Jennings

Titanic 2020 by Colin Bateman

Checkmate by Malorie Blackman

Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle

Paper Towns by John Green

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

 

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Listmania – Year 8 Book Group’s Top Books

The most frightening book I have read:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Lewis)

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The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (Leon, Josh & Alex)

The Dead by David Gatward (Ben)

The funniest book I have read:

Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett (Max)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Josh, Alex, Ben)

Tim Vine Jokes (Leon)

Captain Underpants series (Lewis)

The saddest book I have read:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Lewis)

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Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (Leon)

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (Ben & Alex)

Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Josh)

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Marley and Me by John Grogen (Max)

The book with the most surprising ending I have read:

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (Max & Lewis)

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (Josh, Leon & Alex)

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Ben)

The best book I have ever read: 

Stand By, Stand By by Chris Ryan (Leon)

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The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle (Lewis)

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The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney (Ben)

The Children’s Quick and Easy Cook Book by Angela Wikes (Alex)

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan (Josh)

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (Max)

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What do we feel when we read?

I asked everyone to give an emotion which they feel when they are reading the book, and then some reasons why they feel like that.

Lewis is reading Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle

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Emotion I feel: pity

I feel like this because:

You feel sorry for Charlie as he gets bullied.

His mum never lets him do anything.

He has no friends so he has no one to tell about his hobby.

Chas is reading The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie

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Emotions I feel: anticipation & hope

I feel like this because:

Nothing happens at the beginning

I’m always thinking that the boy will find or write for his parents to come back.

Max is reading The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie

Nowhere emporium

Emotions I feel: trepidation & anticipation

I feel like this because:

Will the Emporium be saved before it falls down?

You feel like “Surely they will win” but then you don’t know.

I want to see how it ends.

Declan is reading Lockwood and Co by Jonathan Stroud

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Emotions I feel: anxiety & excitement

I feel like this because:

of the way the book is written, with medium length chapters.

the book uses suspense.

Alex is reading Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr Fox

Emotions I feel: upset and sorry for Mr Fox

I feel like this because:

I was super scared for Mr Fox when they camped outside his house.

I shed a tear when they shot off his tail, because it would have hurt him and his family saw what happened to him.

Josh is reading Lockwood and Co by Jonathan Stroud

Screaming Staircase

Emotions I feel: impatient

I feel like this because:

the character development is slow.

Emotions I feel:interested

I feel like this because:

the plot is really in depth.

Ben is reading Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr Fox

Emotions I feel: excited & emotional

I feel like this because:

You can’t wait for something to happen

The farmers won’t stop trying to kill them and get outsmarted.

I was upset by what happened to Mr Fox.

Leon is reading Standby, Standby by Chris Ryan

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Emotions I feel: Waiting for Something to Happen

I feel like this because:

I know what will happen because it is the army and it’s a soldier’s autobiography.

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