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We're not a-verse to some poetry
Sarah Crossan's The Weight of Water got us reaching for some free verse of our own as we had a go creating poetic first chapters. Most agreed the form perfectly suited first person narration, as Crossan used for Kasienka's voice in her story. We also found how much easier it was to convey emotion and how well it lended itself to difficult subject matter. You can read the chapters for yourself on the display board in the library all this week.
Posted on: 02 May 2013

Looks matter!
We took a VERY subjective approach to book judging last night when we chose a preliminary winner based on cover art alone. In Darkness took top spot: the boy's bowed head, in shadow, was deemed mysterious and engaging enough to pique our curiosity and start reading. Meanwhile, the beautiful hare/moon motif of Mindwinterblood was second favourite, with the hardcover illustration of Roddy Doyle's A Greyhound of a Girl rounding out the top three. At the other end, Dave Shelton's A Boy and a Bear in a Boat sunk straight to the bottom of the pile with its coffee stain on ocean map failing to arouse any sense of adventure on our panel. Let's hope the story itself floats our boat a little better... ;) Staying with all things book jacket, take a look at this Guardian report from the London Book Fair on adult trends for 2013:
Posted on: 18 Apr 2013

In the beginning...
We're holding our *first* Shadowing Group meeting after school today. Join fellow readers/reviewers/ravenous-cake-botherers to cast an eye over the Carnegie shortlist covers and feast on chocolate brownies. See you later!
Posted on: 17 Apr 2013