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The Wessex Schools Literary Festival 2017

LogoThis years Wessex schools Literary Festival runs from 26th June to 7th July.

We will be hosting two authors – Lauren St John and Chris Lauren St JohnPriestley. Lauren has won many book awards, including the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. She will be talking to Year 6 and Year 7 on 6th July. Her books will be available to buy. Chris will talk to Year 9 on 29th June and again his books will be available to buy. His Chris Priestleybooks are chilling and frightening.

Thornden Art department will be hosting local artist Sally Goodden on 29th June. Her expertise and talent will benefit a small group of budding artists.Sally Goodden1

Book Sculpture will take place with the help of Miss Pothecary on 26th June. Examples of which will be shown on Open Evening.

Other activities taking place during lunchtimes in the library will include – a Scavenger Hunt, a Quiz, Author Story Time, Book Trailers and a Saga Writing Competition. During the second week we will once again be encouraging students to ‘Get Caught Reading’ and on the last day students will get the opportunity to hunt for a Golden Ticket.

Students can come to the library for more information, observe the posters around the school and look for information in the daily bulletin.

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


New Books in the Library

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


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’.


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.

Year 8 Author Visit – Matt Dickinson

On Tuesday, 29th November 2016 we welcome Matt Dickinson to Thornden when he will talk to the whole of Year 8 in Thornden Hall.


Matt is a writer and film maker who has worked extensively for National Geographic Television, the Discovery Channel and the BBC, and has filmed on the summit of Mount Everest. His books include ‘The Death Zone’, an account of the ascent of Everest’s North Face as well as ‘The Everest Files’ and ‘Mortal Chaos’ series for teenagers.


There will be an opportunity to buy a copy of one of Matt’s books and get it signed, so pupils will need to bring money with them on the day.


Welcome Back

Welcome back!  Hopefully everyone’s had a good summer holiday and read lots of good books.

The library induction lessons for Year 7 pupils start during week commencing 19th September but they are able to borrow books before then.

Year 7 Book Club, run by Mrs Morton, will start after school on Thursday, 15th September.