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 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!
New books this month include the latest titles from popular authors such as Sophie McKenzie, Sarah J Maas and Liz Pichon as well asthe 2018 Guinness book of World Records.
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.
One of the highlights of this year’s Festival was the art workshop run by local artist Sally Goodden. To see the amazing art work produced by the students click on the picture of Sally.
Relax and Read 2017
Great books to read before Year 10
Most of the books are available to borrow from the library
The winner of this year’s Hampshire Book Award is ‘River of Ink’ by Helen Dennis. The winner was announced after all the Year 8 student judges met at five different locations in Hampshire.
The runner-up was ‘My Name is Not Friday’ by Jon Walter
All the six shortlisted books are available to borrow from the Library. Thanks to our wonderful Year 8 students who took part this.
The first week of this years Festival is over and we have enjoyed a wonderfully creative day with Sally Goodden in our Art department. The students drew and painted animals with impressive results.
Book Art was once again on the agenda. Students spent the day in the Textiles department and with great imagination and thought produced amazing art.
We also had a visit from horror writer Chris Priestley, who informed and inspired Year 9 in Thornden Hall.
Also, during the week, there was a quiz and author story time in the library.
There will be scavenger hunt in the library during lunch time on Wednesday, 5th July.
Follow the clues to find the books.
Saga Writing Competition
In the library at lunchtime on Monday and Tuesday
Write a mini-saga in 50 words or less
Prize for winning entry