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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.

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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.

Wessex Schools Literary Festival 2017

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.

Romantic Novel of the Year

Sophia Bennett’s young adult novel ‘Love Song’ has won Romantic Novel of the Year 2017.  It is only the second time in 57 years that a young adult novel has won the award, the other winner being ‘Storm and Stone’ by Joss Stirling.

‘Love Song’ is available to borrow from the library.

For more information about the award and the winners of other categories please go the website http://www.romanticnovelistsassociation.org/news/entry/sophia_bennetts_love_song_wins_the_goldsboro_books_romantic_novel_of_the_ye

 

New Books in the Library

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

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They include Celia Ahern’s first young adult novel ‘Flawed’. Award winning author, Michael Morpurgo’s new historical novel ‘An Eagle in the Snow’. ‘The Road Ever After’ by Moira Young, the author of the popular ‘Dustlands’ trilogy. Holly Bourne’s ‘What’s a Girl Gotta Do’ and Steve Backshall’s ‘Shark Seas’.

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There is also a good selection of new non-fiction book on many subjects, Science, the Internet, the Environment, Warfare and Pets.

Come and borrow one for the Christmas holiday.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas.