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Last meeting today!
Due to Year 10 mocks and Mrs G being on a course we had to have our last meeting this morning. We had hoped to watch the live final but the majority of the DARC members will be in a History exam. We will have our own celebration where we can watch the final at a later date. We all loved the experience of shadowing this year's list. Though the top 3 of the titles we want to win are slightly different from the ones we think will win. We were all impressed by After The Fire and would have that as our winner with Saint Death and Where The World Ends following. However we think The Hate You Give will probably win. If the books from the list were on the new books shelf in the library many of them would just stay there as our group thought that the covers left a lot to be desired. Wed Wabbit and Saint Death are the only two that would have been picked up by the majority of the group. Best of luck to all the authors and we look forward to taking part next year.
Posted on: 08 Jun 2018

Patrick Ness - boring!
This was our first meeting to discuss what we are reading. It was a strong start with some great insights. "Beyond The Bright Sea" was described as a "classic treasure hunt" and Imogen was swept along by the pace of the story. I really loved "After The Fire" as it resonated so much with me. I remember the siege of Waco in Texas on which this book was based. I couldn't put it down. Ethan, however, described "Release" as "very, very boring". I am surprised at this as I find Patrick Ness really engaging. It will be interesting to see what Imogen thinks as she is reading it next and, like Ethan, has never read any Patrick Ness before. Lily-May is really enjoying "Wed Wabbit" saying it was "fantastic, imaginative and inclusive". We are all looking forward to getting our hands on that one in the future. It was also Imogen's birthday so we celebrated with chocolate chip cookies!
Posted on: 20 Apr 2018

Enthusiastic Start.
We met this morning in the library and there were a couple of unexpected students who showed up wanting to be involved - including a Year 11. We discussed the blurbs and the members of the group chose their first books. We agreed to meet again after Easter and hopefully we will all be in a position to discuss our reads and swap to our next title. I am looking forward to Will Hill's After The Fire as that is my first one.
Posted on: 23 Mar 2018

Countdown to Shadowing!
Our new DARC group meets for the first time tomorrow morning. I am really looking forward to seeing what the students make of this year's offerings. Myself I am rather excited and looking forward to reading Patrick Ness as I loved The Rest Of Us Just Live Here that was shortlisted in 2016. Also interested in the Will Hill and Marcus Sedgwick titles. I think there will be a lot of great discussions. I have chosen all Year 10s this year as there have been some books over the last couple of years that have been aimed more at the KS4 audience.
Posted on: 22 Mar 2018

Good discussions this morning.
We were thin on the ground this morning but Mrs G, Ellie, Imogen and Dareene had a nice discussion about books that they had enjoyed when they were at primary and would be happy to read again. Enid Blyton came out as the favourite author and we all agreed that, though slightly dated, we enjoyed the description of happier, more adventurous childhoods. None of us thought she was sexist or dated and that she should continue being read. Next meeting: Wednesday 4th May 8am in Library.
Posted on: 27 Apr 2016

Slow start to our reading!
With all the other reading activities going on in school over the last month, our shadowing reading has started slowly but surely. Sophie has managed to finish her first book and Mrs G has read a couple. We had our second meeting this morning and although we were a little thin on the ground those who met in the Library at 8 a.m. had a frank discussion about how they were getting along. Our next meeting is next Wednesday in the Library again at 8 a.m. hopefully with a better attendance.
Posted on: 20 Apr 2016