Book Club

There is a student book club that meets every two or three weeks in the library. This is open to students from all year groups. The club is run by Ms Ford and Ms O’Mahony, and is a great opportunity to have relaxed chats about books we have enjoyed, and to share books together.

September October 2016

Student Book Club – books we love

  • When I was Joe by Keren David – characters are written in great detail. The story flips when you least expect it!  10/10


  • Spooks series by Joseph Delaney – it’s well-written, with unique and interesting characters. It makes you want to find out more about the Universe. 9/10


  • Firebug by Eric Brown – a great book about bullying and fire. A good story and not too long. 9/10


  • Pokemon (Black and White series) by Hidenori Kusaka – a lot of people are going to like these books


  • Billionaire Boy by David Walliams – just a great story!


  • Binge by Tyler Oakley – his life story so far. This would appeal to fans of youtubers and anyone who likes to sit down and think about people’s lives.  8.5/10


  • Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Mass – a thrilling series about a girl trained to be an assassin, following the death of her parents. Great for boys or girls. Maybe a 12A rating.


  • The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey – a gripping sci-fi thriller that might sound geeky but it’s not! 9/10

Monday 21st November

We talked about the recent workshop that we had with author Keren David – many of the book club have been reading her first book, When I Was Joe.  We agreed that her visit was very interesting. Lee said that he thought her visit would have been very inspirational for students who would like to write their own books.
In the photos you can see Katelyn talking to Keren about her ownIMG_20161114_155726498 novel, and how to take and give constructive criticism.
She also gave students her autograph and signed the bookmarks that she had brought as a gift.
Our favourite part of the talk was when she described the three occasions when she closely avoided getting shot! We thought it was interesting that she had only started writing books in her 40s.
We already have a waiting list for the other Keren David books that have been ordered for the library.
Look out for “Almost True“, “Cuckoo” “Another Life“, “Salvage” and “Lia’s Guide to Winning the Lottery” – all these are coming to the library soon.
Username: Evie by Joe Sugg
This is a good book. Joe Sugg has a YouTube channel.  In this story, which is a graphic novel, the main character’s mother is very ill. Her father creates a virtual world for her that she can escape to.  There are plenty of twists in this story, and it can be a bit violent. Anyone who is interested in technology would enjoy this. I definitely want to read the second instalment, which is called Username:Restored.  10/10
Bleach by Tite Kubo
This is a manga novel. The main character can see spirits.  A girl spirit comes in to his room and tells him of a monster that is entering the world and devouring spirits.  The main character ends up getting loads of super powers and using them in school.
Gone by Michael Grant
All of a sudden, any person over the age of 15 disappears off the face of the earth.  Anyone under 15 is left to look after themselves. Society breaks up, and older kids take over the town, making all kinds of crazy rules. Some of the people who are left behind have mutant powers.  I would give this book 10/10 and definitely want to read the others in the series.
When I Was Joe by Keren David
Some more of the group finished this novel, and there was a lot of discussion about the ending, although it was hard not to give spoilers away. People did agree though that they would like to read part two. Overall this book got 7/10, we are waiting for the next books to find out the continuation of the story.
Lee and Katelyn
Spooks: Slithers Tale by Joseph Delaney
This book got special mention from the popular Spooks series, as it is set outside the normal setting. There is plenty of adventure as usual, but old characters from previous books turn up.  All the books in the series are enjoyable, but this deserves a special mention as being just that little bit different.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, by Jeff Kinney
This series is what got me reading – I read one book in school and then fell in love with them. I’ve read them all, I got the rest of them as presents. They are a great way to start reading.