Junior Book Club
A Bear called Paddington Junior Book Club
Despite it being his 60th birthday this year, Michael Bond’s hapless (yet always incredibly polite) creation remains just as well loved and timeless as ever. Our younger Junior Book Club members certainly agreed, enjoying Paddington’s mishaps from Darkest Peru through the streets of London with great enthusiasm. This time Bute was victorious in another fun and fast-paced quiz.
Mr R Dennis
Boy Overboard Junior Book Club
Boy Overboard, by Morris Gleitzman, drew the largest Junior Book Club crowd of the academic year. Jamal and Bibi’s epic, fictional journey, fleeing persecution in Afghanistan, certainly touched a chord and prompted Book Club members to contribute generously to the current Rohingya refugee crisis. It was one of the most hotly contested quizzes of the year, congratulations to teams De la Salle 1 and St. David’s for jointly coming out on top. De la Salle then went on to add to their impressive winning score by their thoughtful contribution to a discussion on how governments should tackle the challenge of a refugee crisis.
Mrs J Cooney
Next Junior Book Club
The texts for the April Book Club have been chosen to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Book Club members can choose between two award-winning, poignant and moving texts:
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (aimed at older readers)
War Game by Michael Foreman (suitable for all)
Michael Morpurgo’s deceptively simple style makes Private Peaceful accessible to most but please be aware that it has been described as “an unflinching examination of the horrors of war” and therefore is not for the faint-hearted. It is, however, the recipient of many awards, including the Blue Peter Book Award, the 2004 Red House Children’s Award (the only award judged purely by children) and shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal.
Michael Foreman’s beautifully illustrated, War Game, winner of the Smarties Grand Prize, has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as “the work of a major children’s author at his peak” and by The Guardian, as “An unforgettable experience”.
The Great War Junior Book Club will be held, in Circle Time, on Tuesday 24th April. All those who have read a text, had it read to them or have listened to the audiobook are welcome to attend.
Mrs J Cooney & Mr R Dennis
29 March 2018
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