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SUMMER BOOK AWARDS- SPECIAL EDITION

CKG MEDALS

Carnegie & Greenaway Medals


The CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway Medals are awarded each year by a panel of fourteen librarians who recognise outstanding children’s literature titles. All categories of books, including poetry, non-fiction and graphic novels for children and young people are eligible. This year, Wellington College Belfast’s School Librarian, Ms Tanja Jennings, represented Northern Ireland on the judging panel. This involved reading all 148 nominations in accordance with criteria before deliberating on a long list followed by a shortlist.


WCB Library is part of the CKG Shadowing Scheme. Students were able to share their thoughts and feelings about the top books on the list, submit art work based on the books, take part in interactive activities and competitions and chat about the books with other participants through our online shadowing group.


WCB Students can check out the amazing short lists here and in their local libraries. Titles are available to download as e books and audio books for your electronic devices.

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LIBRARY TEAM WITH SHORT LISTED BOOKS & AUTOGRAPHS


Thank you to the lovely CKG authors and illustrators who were happy to provide prized autographs for our Shadowers.

WCB SHADOWERS CHOICE

Guard Your Heart by Sue Divin

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Aidan and Iona fall in love but how can they be together when it feels like everything and everyone is against them? Set in Derry, this is a beautifully observed book about choices, opportunities, friendship, coming of age & peace and reconciliation.

Read All About The Winners Here

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU

WCB LIBRARY SERVICES

Book Flix- Audio recordings available on WCB Library's Google Classroom- Check Front Page of WCB My School or ask Librarian for the CODE


Click & Deliver - Book Request Service direct to your Form Room


Courtyard Library [Summer Months]- Come outside & Read in the Sun


Eclipse Library Order System & Reviews- App on My School dashboard


Google Classrooms: [Codes available from Librarian]


Epic Readers Response [Tailor Made Book Recommendations]


Study Buddy [Useful Study Links, Revision Apps & Well Being]


WCB Library


IT SUPPORT


Chrome Books available for Sixth Form


Library Clubs -


Books & Biscuits- Friday at break


Carnegie & Cake- Thursdays after school


Games- Connect 4 & Scrabble- Wednesdays at lunch


Manga- Fridays after school


[According to Availability of Library]


Subject Help


Online Services

STAY SAFE

WCB LIBRARY- OPENING HOURS

STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO VISIT WCB LIBRARY


Early Morning- 8.30-8.45 Break- Junior & Senior


Lunch- Junior & Senior [Courtyard Library in the Summer]


Scheduled study periods


After school -3.20 pm to 4.15pm

READING IS POWER- CELEBRATING AWARD WINNING EMPATHY READS at WCB

Readers Assemble

Empathy is a human super power. Reading widely gives you that power. The WCB Library Team celebrated some award winning empathy reads with power poses for #EmpathyDay22

READING IS BIBLIOTHERAPY & MINDFULNESS

WINNER OF THE WAINWRIGHT NATURE PRIZE 2020

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18 year old Dara McAnulty lives near the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland. He is an inspirational naturalist, writer and environmental campaigner. Youngest ever winner of the RSPB Medal, he also won the Wainwright Prize for UK nature writing in 2020. He now writes a monthly nature column for The Irish Times.

WCB LIBRARY SUMMER READING PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

GET CAUGHT READING OUTSIDE

With Summer holidays approaching, it's a lovely time to relax with a book. WCB Library would love you to celebrate what you're reading by taking a photo of yourself with a book at the beach, in the countryside- wherever you find yourself. It can be in Northern Ireland or a holiday location in Ireland, the UK or abroad.


RULES


1. The more unusual and creative the nature setting you choose the better.


2. Pay particular attention to use of light


3. Chocolate Prizes & Multiple House Points will be awarded to the top entries. The ultimate winner will receive a copy of Dara McAnulty's Diary of a Young Naturalist.


4. Winning photographs will be displayed on WCB'S Social Media


5. Entries should either be emailed to your school librarian OR sent via WCB Library's Google Classroom by the 30th of September 2022.


EXAMPLE


WCB Library Archives - Dr Agnew reads 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding in Vietnam

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READ ABOUT THE MAGICAL WORLD OF NATURE

READ FOR REFUGEE WEEK

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SUNFLOWER CHALLENGE

LIBRARY TEAM SHOWCASE - ECLECTIC READS

Action- Adventure- Fantasy- Comedy- Drama- Life Stories- Psychological Thrillers- Romance- Survival
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SPOTLIGHT ON GIRL BOY SEA BY CHRIS VICK

Electrifying story of a struggle against the sea, the bonds of friendship and the magic of stories.


Storm, shipwreck, survival. Chris Vick's novel delves deep into the might and majesty of the unpredictable ocean, the strength of an unlikely friendship between a British boy and a Berber girl and their will to survive against all the odds.


SHORT LISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL 2020

SPOTLIGHT ON GEEK GIRL BY HOLLY SMALE

FROM GEEK TO CHIC

Harriet Manners loves collecting rare facts and is forever getting into scrapes. When she gets into a muddle at the Clothes Show one day, her life changes irrevocably.


Comedy, romance & travel.


Everyone at school knows Harriet Manners is a geek – she’s always spouting random facts, has zero fashion sense and can often be found in a tangled heap on the floor after falling over. But Harriet just can’t see why this means everyone seems to hate her. Her nemesis Alexa goes out of her way to trip her up, point out her flaws and make her life miserable. At least she has best friend Nat to keep her sane.

What's Big on Book Tok?

Book Tok

Tik Tok has taken the world by storm. Book stores have listened to teen influencers' suggestions and there is a community called Book Tok that you can explore where you can discover some really cool reads. Check out some of the top recommendations here that are available to borrow from WCB Library.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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If you like a good psychological thriller, this is the one for you. With a twist you'll gasp at, you will want to read it all over again. There is now a prequel too.


Ruthless- Driven- Fated- What are the secrets of the Sinclair Family?

BOOK FACE

CELEBRATING SOME GREAT COVER ART

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MANGA MAGIC

We have lots of Manga fans at WCB. Students can tune in to Audio Book Flix on GC for some top recommendations.
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Black Clover by Yuki Tabata- Adventure & Magic. Shonen Jump.


Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto - Action & Ninjas

BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD 2022

THE LAST BEAR BY HANNAH GOLD

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A beautifully observed tale of a bond between a lonely girl and a stranded Polar bear with some wonderully lyrical writing.

CBI Awards

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Children's Books Ireland are a literacy charity who celebrate the finest fiction for young people across the island of Ireland. Their mission statement is EVERY CHILD A READER.


Their 2022 winners include a poignant and powerful semi-autobiographical YA novel Gut Feelings, written in verse by Irish author CG Moore, which shines the spotlight on a rare, invisible illness known as FAP.


Judges praised it as "an engaging narrative, filled with darkness and light, despair and hope, fear and desire, and love and trust."

JHALAK PRIZE

Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize founded in 2020, seek to celebrate books by British/British resident BAME writers.


https://www.jhalakprize.com/


https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/may/26/sabba-khan-maisie-chan-jhalak-prize-for-writers-of-colour


Danny loves drawing more than anything. His life is turned upside down when he is surprised by a visit from his former-maths-champion grandmother from China, who doesn’t speak any English.

CHILDRENS & YA WINNER

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Women's Prize For Fiction

YA BOOK PRIZE

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This will be awarded in August. Showcasing the best titles in Young Adult Fiction, 2022's lineup features COMEDY, ROMANCE, THRILLER , HORROR, FANTASY, REALITY and SCI FI writing. One of the candidates [Manjeet Mann's The Crossing] was on the Carnegie Medal Short List for 2022. She has written her novel from a dual perspective using intertwining verse. Diverse authors are well represented.


https://www.thebookseller.com/awards/the-ya-book-prize?tab=shortlist

BREAKING NEWS- 2022 CHILDREN'S LAUREATE ANNOUNCED

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Performance poet, playwright & Carnegie Medal Short listed author Joseph Coelho has been announced as the new Children's Laureate. You can read more about him here.


https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/blog/author-talk/congratulations-to-joseph-coelho-we-speak-to-new-waterstones-childrens-laureate-6401

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LOGISTICS OF THE LIBRARY

A maximum of 30 students will be welcome in WCB Library during recreation times.


Tables seat six. Individual study desks are also available.


TWELVE students can also sit in the soft seated reading area.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE MEASURES

Your safety is our priority.


Students can visit the library in small groups.


Students are requested to wear masks when not eating.


Hand sanitiser and antiseptic wipes will be provided.


There will be a sign in book for pupils to record their names.


Students should be responsible for wiping down the table they've sat at.


Students are requested not to eat in the Reading Corner

BORROWING OPTIONS

Click & Deliver

Students can place book borrowing requests via direct email to our librarian Ms Jennings or our online catalogue reservation system Eclipse. Eclipse can be accessed from the Library Icon on the My School launch pad. A free app can also be downloaded on to your phone.


Any reservations will be delivered to your Form Class in the morning.


There are book displays to choose reads from. Your librarian will give a book talk on request.


Please RETURN YOUR LIBRARY BOOKS directly to the library. They can also be left at the Office Reception when the college is open during July and August [EXCLUDING HOLIDAY WEEK 11TH- 15TH JULY]

ONLINE BORROWING & ONLINE RESOURCES

Check out WCB Library's catalogue on Eclipse. Just click the library icon on your My School dashboard.
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Students who are members of their Public Library can download the Libby app , Borrow Box or Overdrive onto their phone and borrow audio and e-book stock from NI Libraries using their library card number.


RESEARCH REQUESTS


Students with research requests can email their queries to their librarian or ask directly. Queries will be followed up by email and relevant material placed in the appropriate Google Classroom. Codes available on request.


FINDER SERVICE


If WCB Library doesn't have the book you are looking for we can source it and give you options on where to find it.


LINKS


Visit the Library GC for lots of web links on Reading For Pleasure, Study Skills and Wellbeing. You will also find book trailers and an audio library of first chapters across a wide range of genres available.


Visit https://www.librariesni.org.uk

for further resources including ACCESS TO RESEARCH.

SOCIAL MEDIA

TWITTER


WCB Library has a Twitter feed at @WCBLIBRARY accessing a wide range of authors, publishers. If you have a question to ask an author about their book our librarian Ms Jennings can try and contact them for you. There are also opportunities to enter book giveaways.


INSTAGRAM


We are on Instagram @wcblibrary18. There you can find lots of authors to follow, book talks, bookstagram and pictures showcasing library events, challenges and competitions.


For cool YA fiction and intriguing Non Fiction reading recommendations you should also check out @whosreadingwhat, created by SEN assistant Miss Mann and her friend.



TOPPSTA


Register for the chance to win free books to review for Toppsta

https://toppsta.com/giveaways




YOU TUBE


Our You Tube Channel AllAboutBooks74 has lots of book trailers, subject support and book recommendations to explore.


BOOK BLOG


Your librarian Ms Jennings has created a book blog featuring the latest books being published for Middle Grade and YA. For MEMES, features, book recommendations, book reviews and book haikus check out https://goodnighttoread.wordpress.com/


#NATIONALSHELFSERVICE on You Tube


Great choices from librarians across the world spanning picture books to Junior to Middle Grade to YA can be found here. All available to download on public library apps. Check out the cool recommendations from librarians in Northern Ireland.

GET CAUGHT READING WITH YOUR FAVOURITE PET

WCB Students Shared Their Favourite Reads with their prized Pets

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Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell

SPINE TINGLINGLY CREEPY


"We're Waiting For You To Come & Play."


A Zoella Book Club Pick


https://blog.whsmith.co.uk/zbc1016-alex-bell-an-exclusive-interview-on-frozen-charlotte/

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Ruby Redfort- Take Your Last Breath by Lauren Child

GRIPPING


An exciting detective series about an expert teen code cracker.
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Zinnia & the Bees by Danielle Davis

COMIC MISHAPS


The hive of honeybees living in Zinnia's hair is actually the least of her problems.

READERS DISCOVER NEW WORLDS

HERE ARE JUST SOME OF THE FABULOUS READS YOU CAN BORROW AT WCB LIBRARY

ANTHROPOMORPHIC TALES

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FANTASTIC FANTASY

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The Eye of the North by Sinead O'Hart

"Ancient legends and a dangerous journey."


Recommended by Noel, Year 14

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Strange Worlds Travel Agency series by L.D Lipinski

What if you could jump into a suitcase and be transported into another world? What if there was a whole agency of choices? Flick stumbles across an incredible world when she visits an unusual shop. Bursting with imagination and vivid imagery.

Hair Raising Horror

The Dogs by Allan Stratton

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Gripping psychological read. What's real? What's imagined? Atmospheric & creepy.

HISTORICAL DRAMA

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THE LAST PAPER CRANE BY KERRY DREWERY

Emotionally resonant and powerful this is the story of Mizuki's grandfather, what he experienced in Hiroshima in 1945, its lifelong impact and her vow to help him heal the scars of his past. Told in verse, haikus and prose, it is an amazing read from start to finish.



Recommended by Ms Jennings, WCB Librarian

It's My Life- Check out these great Reality Reads

LITERARY GREATS

WAR TIME READS

POPULAR PICKS

The Wanderer by Peter Van Den Ende

SHORT LISTED FOR THE GREENAWAY MEDAL 2022

A FANTASTICAL DREAMLIKE EXPLORATION THROUGH THE IMAGINATION

"An adventure on every page."


Recommended by Lily, Year 8

Magyk- Book 1- Septimus Heap Series

HOTTER THAN POTTER?

"A great magical adventure. Perfect for Harry Potter fans."- Recommended by Isabella, Year 8


"Funny with amazing plot twists and perfect characters."- Recommended by Laoise, Year 14

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Ruby Redfort Series by Lauren Child

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If you like lots of action and adventure you'll enjoy this series about a code cracking teen spy.


Recommended by Amelia, Year 8

Wings of Fire by Tui Sutherland

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Amazing fantasy series set in a world of dragons where humans are just an after thought.


Recommended by Lily, Year 8.

READ FOR EMPATHY

STUDENT CHOICE- SELECTED BY OUR LIBRARY TEAM

The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Glamour & Romance in a Dystopian World

A Guilty Pleasure for some, a big hit with others.



Big on Book Tok, this is a top recommendation from Olive, Year 9 Library Team.


For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare.

The Silver Eyes- Five Nights at Freddys Graphic Novel by Scott Cawthon & Kira Breed Wrisley

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A Popular Pick

Our Library Team really rate this comic horror series.

STAFF CHOICE

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The Collected Poems of WB Yeats

An Irish poet famed for his lyricism and beautiful imagery.


Selected by WCB Principal Mr Castles who recommends reading 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree'.

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Pooh & the Philosophers by John Tyerman Williams

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"You're never too old for the wisdom of Winnie the Pooh"


Recommended by Mr Mc Allister, Maths Department

How Animals Saved My Life: Being The Supervet by Noel Fitzpatrick



"The love for an animal is the kind of love that makes us the very best we can ever be and prevents us from being the worst we can be- a love that saves us from ourselves."

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"Demonstrates the power of unconditional love."


Recommended by Mrs Chambers, SEN Assistant

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The Moth [Various authors]. Introduced by Neil Gaiman.

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A treasure trove of people's personal stories in the Story Telling tradition which first came to fame as a podcast.


"An entertaining and easy read."


Recommended by Miss Mann, SEN Assistant.

Tattooist of Auschwitz Collection by Heather Morris

Memorable & emotional reads with strong female characters

Recommended by Mrs R. Weatherall, Office Administrator



https://www.heathermorrisauthor.com/

Mary's Monster by Lita Judge

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Recommended by Ms T. Jennings, WCB Librarian

The story behind the creation of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. An eye opening and thought provoking read of extracts from Mary's letters and diaries charting her life with atmospheric and melancholic illustrations by Lita Judge. Above all it's about the pain of abandonment and loss and how that can be channelled into creating literature with heart.

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem & the Invention of The Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell

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A fascinating study of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Jazz Age & the inspiration for The Great Gatsby. Scintillating and Intriguing.

Tiger Tiger [Selected by Fiona Waters]. Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

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A stunningly illustrated celebration of poetry about animals. A beautiful gift book where everyone can find a poem for themselves across 365 days. From the classic to contemporary verse and from the popular to the rare, endangered species, the collection is full of gems. An immersive joy.

Wired Magazine

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"A great resource for keeping up to date with the latest developments in technology and how it changes every aspect of our lives."


Recommended by Mr Bew, IT Technician.

Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon McKenna

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEnB3k7xgGk

An unforgettable read set during the Irish Famine of the 1840s. Three children struggle to survive against all the odds.


Recommended by Mrs A. Weir, Science Technician

Run by Christopher McDougall

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Recommended by Mr English, Head of Careers

"This book follows a Mexican tribe who run without shoes. It looks at the science behind running and how big companies like Nike and Adidas are developing running shoes that cause problems for runners."

The Moneyless Man by Mark Boyle

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Recommended by Dr Agnew, History & Politics & SMT

Mark Boyle decided he placed too much value on money and so he challenged himself to live for one year without any money or financial transactions. This is his story…..

RECOMMENDED BY MR LAWLOR, STUDY SUPERVISOR

FOR HISTORY & POLITICS FANS

THOUGHT PROVOKING POLITICAL THRILLERS

MUST READ AUTHOR- SPOTLIGHT ON HISTORY-ROBERT HARRIS

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Fatherland

What if the Nazis had won the War?


Absorbing speculative thriller.

READING IS POWER

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FAVOURITES FROM THE READING CELEBRITY WALL [2011]

THANK YOU TO MR ROBERTS FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Recommended by Mrs Lowry, English Dept.

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Recommended by Dr Wardlow, Chemistry

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Recommended by Ms Williams, Art

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
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Recommended by Mr King, Media Studies

The Best of YA- Pupils' Picks

Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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A vividly imagined epic fantasy inspired by Nigerian culture & African mythology.

Action- Magic- Danger- Betrayal- Romance


Recommended by Rion, Year 14.

CIRCE BY MADELINE MILLER

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A powerful feminist retelling of the Circe myth.


Recommended by Joshua and Rion.


http://madelinemiller.com/circe/

READY PLAYER 1 & 2 BY ERNEST CLINE

SCI FI FANTASY


"Exciting with well written and relatable characters."


Recommended by Noel , Year 14

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WCB ALUMNI RECOMMENDATIONS

Time Riders series by Alex Scarrow

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"Epicness on a stick!"


An exciting time travel adventure Sci Fi series.


Recommended by Alex N.

MAXIMUM RIDE SERIES BY JAMES PATTERSON

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"An exciting and engaging read".


Teens with special talents are on the run from 'the facility'.


Intoxicating adventure [Also available in Manga].


Recommended by Rebecca D

Shadow Hunters Series by Cassandra Clare

Recommended by Charlotte, Debi & Rebecca

HALF BAD SERIES BY SALLY GREEN

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"Amazing, dramatic & emotionally gripping fantasy series."


Recommended by Zara.

PUZZLES

JIGSAW

Museum of New Zealand- Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

The Museum of New Zealand site at Te Papa Tongarewa offers a collection of online jigsaw puzzles from its collections. You can set difficulty levels.

WORDLE

Tax your brain with the New York Times Wordle. How many tries will it take you to guess the word? A favourite Staff Room pastime.


https://www.nytimes.com/games/wordle/index.html

WHAT'S ON?

Book Club

DELVE INTO THE DYSTOPIAN WORLD OF GEORGE ORWELL'S 1984

CINEMA

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING

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BOOK TO MOVIE

Soon on Release- Where the Crawdads Sing- A movie adaptation of the best selling novel by Delia Owens


A thrilling page turner. Part Murder Mystery. Part Romance. Part ecological love story.


Passion- Betrayal-Abandonment.


Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumours of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.


https://www.waterstones.com/win/where-the-crawdads-sing-plus-prize-draw?utm_source=wsplusprizejune240622&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=prizedraw&utm_content=CrawdadsHero

THEATRE

LIFE OF PI

https://www.lifeofpionstage.com/

This theatrical adaptation of the Booker Prize winning novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel is a must see.


Mesmerising from start to finish it has fantastic special effects, atmospheric lighting, brilliant puppetry, amazing acting and a superb set. The story of a shipwrecked boy on a raft with unusual passengers will grip you. But there's a twist in the tale.


Adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti.

Life of Pi - Trailer

HAPPY READING