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Wessex Schools Literary Festival 2018

The festival is over for another year and it has been a busy two weeks. Highlights of the fortnight were Book Sculpture – the excellent creations were displayed and much admired on Open Evening. The day with Helen Dennis – the award winning author of the the ‘River of Ink’ series – was very successful. Her engaging presentation kept both year 7 and the visiting year 6 entertained. Book sales were very impressive and proved the power of seeing a real live author. Yet again Sally Goodden held an amazing workshop in the Art Department.  The students work has been displayed in the library and much admired.  By clicking on the picture you can see all the work produced. There was frantic searching for Golden Tickets on the last day of the festival and the students efforts were rewarded  with new books.

It’s over for another year and we give our thanks and appreciation to all the staff and students who have taken part and made the festival possible.


Hampshire Book Award 2018 – Winner

The winner of this year’s Hampshire Book Award is ‘Instructions for a Second Hand Heart’ by Tamsyn Murray.  The winner was announced after all the Year 8 student judges met at five different locations in Hampshire.

The runner-up was ‘A Dangerous Crossing’ by Jane Mitchell.All the six shortlisted books are available to borrow from the Library.  Thanks to our   wonderful Year 8 students who took part.

More New Books

the lost islandLots more new books in the library. They include :- ‘Little Leaders’ by Vashti Harrison- about bold women in Black History. ‘Hedy’s Journey’ by Michelle Bisson – a beautiful picture book which is a true story about a Hungarian girl fleeing the Holocaust. ‘The 1,000 Year Old Boy’ by Ross Welford –  a delightful, charming book, filled with humour. ‘Ringer’ by Lauren Oliver –  two girls, two stories, in one epic novel. ‘The Silver hand’ by Terry Deary –  it’s 1918 and the Great War is coming to an end. Will a young French girl and a German boy, embarking on an epic journey, live to see the peace. ‘Movie Night’ by Lucy Courteney –  can love be just like the movies? ‘The Lost Island’ by Laura Powell -a dangerous and spellbinding adventure in the second Silver Service Mystery. ‘Flame in the Mist’ by Renee Ahdieh – a story of feudal Japan with intrigue and romance.

Read and enjoy!



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.