A Christmas Carol Book Club (Gill Tavner, retold)
A large number of Junior pupils read this retelling of the seasonal favourite, A Christmas Carol (retold by Gill Tavner) and were eager to answer Book Club quiz questions on the text. Congratulations to quiz winners, team Bute.
Mrs D Criddle
Next Junior Book Club
The next Book Club texts are both written by the bestselling author Neil Gaiman, with illustrations by award winning Chris Riddell, the current Children’s Laureate.
The Graveyard Book (aimed at older readers) or Fortunately the Milk (suitable for all)
The Graveyard Book won both the British Carnegie Medal and the American Newbery Medal recognizing the year’s best children’s books (2010). It was the first time that the same work was awarded by both literary awards. The same year, Chris Riddell’s nomination for the Kate Greenaway Medal marked the first time in the awards 30 year history that one book made both the author and illustrator shortlists. Please be aware that The Graveyard Book is dark and chilling and may not appeal to all. Reviews include:
“Creepy AND warm hearted … one of Gaiman’s best.” (Common Sense Media) “Deserves to become a modern classic of children’s writing.” (The Independent) “A memorable, captivating read.” (The Times)
Fortunately the Milk was named by The Sunday Times as the Children’s Book of the Year 2013. Reviews include: “A ridiculous riot of a book.” (Scotsman) “Anarchically silly.” (Metro)
The next Junior Book Club will be held, in Circle Time, on Tuesday 8th March. As always, those who have read the text, had it read to them or have listened to the audiobook are welcome to attend.
Mrs J Cooney & Miss L Price
15 December 2015
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