Adisa – Performance Poet

On Tuesday, 23rd January 2018, performance poet Adisa will be working with Year 9 students.  He will talk to the whole year group during periods 5 and 6 after running a workshop for a smaller group of students during periods 3 and 4.



New Books

We have a lovely selection of new books in the library.


These include ‘This Careless Life’ by Rachel McIntyre. This debut novel could put you through the emotional ringer. Also a debut novel is ‘Countless’ by Karen Gregory. A heart-breaking, life-affirming, brave and bold different kind of love story.


‘OCDaniel’ by Wesley King is sometimes amusing, sometimes painful, but always rewarding as Daniel comes to terms with his OCD. ‘The Starman’ by Sharon Cohen is an edge of your seat adventure from a stunningly talented new writer for children. ‘Love and Gelato’ by  Jenna Evans Welch will be a sure bet for fans of romance fiction.

Also included are new books by popular authors Jo Cotterill, Philip Reeve and Michael Grant. Come to the library to see the whole selection.

A Very Busy Week in the Library

Wednesday 1st November was a very busy day for Thornden Librarians.

It started with a group of Year 7 students being taken to Hamble College ,to take part in a workshop with the 2Steves, Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore. The experience has been described by the participating students as hilarious and very entertaining. They also have been borrowing the 2Steves books to read.  To see all the pictures from this workshop Click here

At the same time Helen Dennis had arrived at Thornden and was delivering a workshop on Code Breaking to a small group of Year 8 students. This is the theme running through her ‘Secret Breakers’ series of books. The students  really enjoyed cracking codes and the participation involved in the workshop.

After lunch Year 8, plus a Year7 tutor group and a small group of students from The Romsey School assembled, in Thornden Hall for the main event. Helen Dennis had come to talk about her early years, her career and her books. The talk was extremely enjoyable and the students had the opportunity to join her on stage and at the end of the session to ask questions. We welcomed P&G Wells again to sell books for us and the orders are still coming in. Always a good sign that the author visit was a success. Helen made time to talk to the students who had bought her books while they had them signed.

The following day we took the judges for this year’s Hampshire Book Award to Winchester Guildhall to watch Helen Dennis receive her Hampshire Book Award for her book ‘River of Ink – Genesis’. This was a popular winner of the award and everyone agreed that Helen was a very worthy winner. She was very excited to receive her award in Hampshire as this is where she first heard she had a publishing deal.

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 Contagion by Teri Terry and Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholl.

If you would like to read one of the books please come to the library.

2Steves Author Visit

On Wednesday 1st November we will be taking a small group of specially selected Year 7 students to Hamble School to take part in a workshop with the 2Steves. This has become an annual event and their extremely entertaining performance is always very popular.

Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore have written over 125 books in the twenty years they have been together. Some of the most popular are the ‘I Hero’ and ‘I Horror’ series of books.

Helen Dennis Author Visit

Helen Dennis will be visiting Thornden  on Wednesday 1st November. She will be talking to Year 8 students in Thornden Hall and there will be the opportunity to buy her books and have them signed by her.


She will also be running a ‘Code Breaking’ workshop in the library for a selected group of Year 8 students.

Helen has won this year’s Hampshire Book Award for ‘River of Ink: Genesis’ and will be presented with the award the following day in Winchesters Guildhall. It is about a boy who is washed up on the banks of the River Thames and has no memory. The only clue to his identity is the sketch he makes of a strange, twisted symbol. It is the first book in a trilogy.

She has also written the ‘Secret Breakers’ series of books under H.L. Dennis, which have been dubbed ‘The Da Vinci Code’ for kids!


Welcome Back

Welcome back!

Did you read any good books over the holidays?  If you did, please let us know the titles.

We read a number of books and here are our recommendations.

Mrs Morton read a couple of historical books – ‘The Girl in the Blue Coat’ by Monica Hesse, a Second World War story set in Amsterdam, and ‘The Pearl Thief’ by Elizabeth Wein, a mystery story which takes place in 1938.


Mrs Taylor read ‘One of Us is Lying’ by Karen McManus which is an excellent murder mystery story.  Also ‘Truth or Dare’ by Non Pratt – a book with a difference as half the story is told from one point of view, then turn the book upside down to finish the story from another’s.  Both of these books are well worth reading.

Mrs Taylor also finished reading the ‘Noughts and Crosses’ series by Malorie Blackman which is excellent.