New Books

We have a lovely selection of new books in the library following a visit to the

Schools Library Service last week.

Come and have a look at the selection when there isn’t an exam taking place.



Wessex Schools Literary Festival 2018

This years Wessex Schools Literary Festival is almost upon us.

It will run from 25th June to 6th July.

The winner of the logo competition was a student from the Romsey School.

We will welcome author Helen Dennis as well as local artist Sally Goodden during the fortnight.  

There will be something happening in the library every lunchtime as well as other activities throughout the Festival.

Watch the blog for more information.  Also follow us on Twitter @LibraryThornden and @WessexLitFest

Macmillan Roadshow Author Panel

On Tuesday 17th April we welcomed Muhammad Khan and Sara Bernard to Thornden library, courtesy of Macmillan books and Waterstones. They talked to an audience of Year 8 and 9 students from Thornden and a small group of Year 8 students from The Romsey School,  about their books, how they came to be writers and about their lives. The students asked interesting questions and had the opportunity to buy some of their books.

Muhammad has written his first book about the topical subject of radicalisation. A very relevant story of our times.

Sara writes about real life and relationships, tackling the sensitive subject of pupil teacher relationships in one of her books.

Children’s Book Award

We have received a box of books from Waterstones which are being considered for the next Children’s Book Award.  We need students to read these books and give us their opinions.  You don’t have to review the book, just grade it from A to E, with A being    Brilliant!, B Very Good, C Pretty Good, D Nothing Special and E – Rubbish!

Titles include The Survival Game by Nicky Singer and Far From the Tree by Robin Benway.

Schools Library Service Literature Quiz 2018

Many congratulations to our all boys team of Jacob Allderidge, Alex Hanks, James Robinson and Rhys Durbin who have just won this years SLS LitQuiz. The final was held at the Discovery Centre, Winchester during the evening of Wednesday 28th March. They competed against more than 30 Hampshire schools to win this prestigious award. The audience of parents and librarians helped to make the evening a memorable one, even competing in their own quiz. 

Author Panel Event – Sara Barnard & Muhammed Khan

On Tuesday, 17th April Thornden will be hosting an author panel which has been organised with Waterstones, West Quay.

The authors on the panel are Sara Barnard whose books include ‘Beautiful Broken Things’ and ‘A Quiet Kind of Thunder’, and Muhammed Khan whose debut book is ‘I Am Thunder’.

This event is open to any Year 8 or Year 9 student who would like to attend.

If you are interested, please speak to the librarians.

Katy Birchall Author Visit

On Thursday 22nd March, we were very pleased to be host to Katy Birchall and her publisher from Egmont.   Eight local secondary schools and nearly 100 of our year 7 & 8 students enjoyed her animated talk about herself and how she started writing.  They helped her design an underwater hotel, with the help of her publisher who acted as artist. Her latest series is about a girl who lives in a hotel.  This was followed by a question and answer session.

Katy complimented us on the imagination and enthusiasm of the students taking part.

P&G Wells provided a bookshop and all students had the opportunity to buy one of Katy’s books and have it signed by her. In fact, the books were so popular that the latest one ‘ Secrets of a Teenage Heiress’ sold out and orders had to be taken.


Hampshire School Library Service Literature Quiz

On Wednesday, 7th March a team of four boys travelled to The Romsey School to take part in the regional round of this year’s Hampshire School Library Service Literature Quiz.

 Many congratulations to the boys – Jacob Allderidge, Alex Hanks, James Robinson and  Rhys Durbin, as they came first in this round and will go forward to the final, held in the Discovery Centre, Winchester later this month. They competed against six other schools, answering questions on everything from authors to book characters. A book and a book token was their reward for winning. They are being presented with a certificate at their next assembly.




Katy Birchall – Author Visit for Years 7 & 8

Author Katy Birchall is visiting Thornden Hall on Thursday, 22nd March 2018 at 10.00am.

Katy is the author of the funny ‘It Girl’ series and will be promoting her new book ‘Secrets of a Teenage Heiress’.

If you would like to attend this event, please come to the library and add your name to the list.  There will be an opportunity to buy one of Katy’s books and have it signed.

Harry Potter Book Night 2018

An enjoyable evening was had by the twelve students who took part in this years Harry Potter Book Night on 1st February.Harry Potter Book Night 2018 001 They dressed up and had their photos taken. Then, after being ‘sorted’ into houses they participated in several activities including a word search, classifying Dangerous Beasts, Spotting Dragons and creating spells. The evening ended with a quiz and GRYFFINDOR showed their superior knowledge and gained the most points.