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Junior Book Club – January 2019

The Velveteen Rabbit Junior Book Club

Junior Book Club members were thrilled by our Christmas selection, Margery Williams The Velveteen Rabbit, the charming tale of how toys become real which has been delighting children with its warmth and generosity for almost a century.

All impressed, however, Christmas crackers this year were St David’s, coming in at a convincing festive first! 

Mr R Dennis

A Boy Called Christmas Junior Book Club

Junior Book Club members were captivated by Matt Haig’s snowy adventure of elves, kidnapping and flying reindeer. Just like Nicolas (the boy called Christmas), members were not afraid to believe in magic. There was only a sprinkling of pixie dust between the teams at the Book Club quiz, congratulations to team St David’s 2 for narrowly coming out on top.

Mrs J Cooney


Next Junior Book Club

The next Book Club texts are ghost stories:

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman, 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, as such, it may not appeal to all. By contrast, the alternative Book Club text, The Fox and the Ghost King has universal appeal. It is a delightful tale of victory against all odds from master storyteller, Michael Morpurgo, lavishly illustrated by Michael Foreman.

Reviews for The Graveyard Book:

Creepy AND warm-hearted — one of Gaiman’s best. (Common Sense Media)

Deserves to become a modern classic of children’s writing. (The Independent)

Reviews for The Fox and the Ghost King:

This is a heart-warming tale for animal lovers and football fans alike. (The Guardian)

This sweet story weaves Michael Morpurgo’s effortless storytelling with ancient and very recent history. (Booktrust)


The next Junior Book Club will be held, in Period 4, on Thursday 7th March (World Book Day). As always, those who have read the text, had it read to them or have listened to the audiobook are welcome to attend.

Happy reading,

Mrs J Cooney & Mr R Dennis

26 January 2019

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