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6th Blog - 22nd January

Hello everyone! Welcome to the sixth blog post! The main thing we are writing about today is about this year’s Harry Potter event!

This year it shall be on the 4th of February at lunchtime. This is only for the students. There will be cupcakes for sale, snakes to meet, puzzles to do and lots more! Please come along and enjoy! We look forward to seeing you.

The other thing we are writing about is this month’s book interview!!! This time, our interviewers questioned Mr Tsotsi about his favourite book. If you want to see the interview please see our website.

Beverley and Ellie

5th Blog - 24th November

Hello everybody! Just a short post this week.

First of all the notice board has been revamped by us two bloggers! It has now got a copy of Mr McWhirter’s interview (which is now available to read on the website), some pictures from group meetings and some book covers of books that you might like to read!

The books for the Grampian Children’s Book Awards have arrived and we are starting to read them. If you wish to see the shortlist, it is in one of the previous blog posts, so go and check it out and maybe you’ll see one you like.

Finally, the book club’s The Hunger Games Mockingjay part 2 trip is on Thursday next week. We are very excited to see how it concludes and we will have news on it next week!

Bye! Beverley and Ellie.

4th Blog - 18th November

Hello everybody!!! For this week’s post we have a few important (and exciting) things to say! We have been told the shortlist for the Grampian Children’s Book Awards 2016 and we shall be starting to read them in book group very soon! A spooky stories event was held in the library a week or two ago, so we’ll have a little bit on that too. We also have a little information on the book interview with one of the school staff.

Okay, now into the fun stuff! The shortlist for this year’s Grampian book awards is:

 7 days by Eve Ainsworth

 The Rain by Virginia Bergin

 Under My Skin by last year’s winner James Dawson

 Smart by Kim Slater

 Echo Boy by Matt Haig

and Devil You Know by Cathy MacPhail!!!

What do you think of the list? We are so excited to start reading them!!!

The Halloween spooky stories event was really fun! Mrs Toonen read a very spooky, and surprisingly true story. There was also a story read out about a boy who owned cartoon dolls that became possessed and affected members of his family! Sadly, we don’t know the name of who told the story, but it was super creepy. I’ll never think of Scooby doo the same way! The final story was told by Beverley Fox, who told about a man with a missing sheep who was haunted by the severed hand of the one he blamed the theft upon.

There was also bobbing for apples, and one person managed to fall in and get soaked! It was funny but bad at the same time, is that a thing?

A new thing the book group has started is interviewing teachers about their favourite book/s and author/s. The first teacher to try it out was Mr MacWhirter (from the social subjects department). He was interviewed by Jamie, Matthew, Daniel and Jacob. The book he spoke about was The Children OF Green Knowe by Lucy M. Boston. If you would like to see the interview and maybe want to know a little more about the book, It will be on the website at the end of next week.

Thanks for reading! We will have more for you next week and remember to look out for the interview!

Beverley and Ellie.

3rd Blog - 6th November

Hello everybody!!! For this week’s post we have a few important (and exciting) things to say! We have been told the shortlist for the Grampian Children’s Book Awards 2016 and we shall be starting to read them in book group very soon! A spooky stories event was held in the library a week or two ago, so we’ll have a little bit on that too. We also have a little information on the book interview with one of the school staff.

Okay, now into the fun stuff! The shortlist for this year’s Grampian book awards is:

 7 days by Eve Ainsworth

 The Rain by Virginia Bergin

 Under My Skin by last year’s winner James Dawson

 Smart by Kim Slater

 Echo Boy by Matt Haig 

and Devil You Know by Cathy MacPhail!!! 

What do you think of the list? We are so excited to start reading them!!!

The Halloween spooky stories event was really fun! Mrs Toonen read a very spooky, and surprisingly true story. There was also a story read out about a boy who owned cartoon dolls that became possessed and affected members of his family! Sadly, we don’t know the name of who told the story, but it was super creepy. I’ll never think of Scooby doo the same way! The final story was told by Beverley Fox, who told about a man with a missing sheep who was haunted by the severed hand of the one he blamed the theft upon.

There was also bobbing for apples, and one person managed to fall in and get soaked! It was funny but bad at the same time, is that a thing?

A new thing the book group has started is interviewing teachers about their favourite book/s and author/s. The first teacher to try it out was Mr MacWhirter (from the social subjects department). He was interviewed by Jamie, Matthew, Daniel and Jacob. The book he spoke about was The Children OF Green Knowe by Lucy M. Boston. If you would like to see the interview and maybe want to know a little more about the book, It will be on the website at the end of next week. 

Thanks for reading! We will have more for you next week and remember to look out for the interview!

Beverley and Ellie.

2nd Blog - 9th October

Welcome back to the Novelties book group blog! This time, we will be revealing our top picks from the Grampian Book Awards shortlist. These were voted on by all the group members and we have come up with a top six.

At number one with 13 votes, is The Rain by Virginia Bergin. This book is about a sixteen year old girl called Ruby, who is living in a place where rain is toxic, and she wishes to go and find her dad in London, but doesn’t know where to start.

In second place is Boy in the Tower with 9 votes by Polly Ho-Yen. It is about a boy who lives on the top floor of his apartment tower with his mum, but the other towers around them start crumbling down, and huge plants replace them. Now, their tower isn’t safe anymore…and there is no way out!

Others we picked are Smart by Kim Slater with 8 votes, Devil You Know by Cathy McPhail with 7 votes and would The Real Stanley Carrot Please Stand Up? by Rob Stevens with also 7 votes.

There will have to be another vote to determine the last book between Under My Skin by James Dawson, The Apple Tart of hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, Echo Boy by Matt Haig and if you were me by Sam Hepburn because they all got six.

We have also been looking at what we are going to do in book club after the October holidays, and we have decided to go and see The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 in the cinema.

By Ellie and Beverley.

1st Blog!

Welcome to the Novelties Book Club blog! We have lots of exciting events coming up!

First off, we are making bookfaces of our favourite characters in books, and making mini tweets of books in a limited number of letters. The longlist for the Grampian Children’s Book Awards 2016 this year has been announced! We are going to be reading the books that are chosen from the shortlist and we will also be attending the award ceremony itself.

Some of us will also be interviewing staff about their books and their reading. Watch this space!

Beverley Fox and Ellie Mackenzie.

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