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What Cool Books (Wellington College Belfast) Reading Group Our Reading Diary In our reading group we have Chris Millar, Rachelle Montgomery, Emily Graham, Claire Crawford, Claire McNamara (me) and Daniel Kennedy. We all love reading and are glad that every week we join up and just talk about books. We are all aged between 12-14 and so can understand each other and find it easier to get on with everyone because we are all close in age and we like the same type of books. We all have favourite reads. Here are some of them: Emily loves 'War and Peace' at the moment because it has real characters and is very descriptive. Chris's favourite is 'The Edge Chronicles' because it is very unique and is a good fantasy series. Claire C likes the Harry Potter Series because there are lots of twists and spells and it is very imaginative. Daniel enjoys reading about myths and legends because they are different and interesting. Rachelle likes 'Blind Beauty' by K.M Peyton because it is a story about how a girl connects with a horse in an emotional way. And my favourite is 'The Enchanted Horse' because it has one or two twists and is mostly about animals and is all about believing in something so strongly that it comes to life. We are all looking forward to shadowing the Carnegie Medal. Adam Miskimmin has just joined us. His favourite read is 'My Swordhand is Singing'- "keeps you gripped until the end."
I have always had a passion for stories. One of my favourite books is my great-grandmother's copy of The Arabian Nights because it smells of history and is full of strange and fantastical happenings. Childhood reads that captured me the most include the imaginative 'The Wind in the Willows', 'The Water Babies', 'The Dr Dolittle' stories and the 'Nancy Drew' mysteries. 'The Tiger Skin Rug', 'The Haunted House', 'Owl Babies' and 'Where the Wild Things Are' are among my top rated picture books.
My love of literature led to me working in libraries and completing an MA in English, an MSC in Econ and Library Information Studies and a PG Dip in Children's Literature. Since 2004 I have been delighted to be the school librarian at Wellington College Belfast sharing my love of books, organising reading promotion events and author talks, assisting students as a Reading Partnership tutor, publicising the library on social media and contributing book reviews to The School Librarian, Which Book and The Book Bag.
As the Northern Ireland Co-ordinator for the Kids' Lit Quiz I have had the pleasure of organising the NI heat and coaching enthusiastic teams since 2006 with a global win in 2007 in Oxford and a World Final placing in 2010.
Last year I was honoured and thrilled to be invited to be involved with such a prestigious award as CKG. I am excited to embark on a new year meeting first time judges and feel stimulated by the wonderful range of teen fiction and sumptuous picture books being published today.