S1 Book Talks – Action & Adventure and Visiting Author – September 2019

S1 classes begin with the theme of Adventure and the focus is on three books:

The Rise of Wolves by our visiting author Kerr Thomson is a classic and atmospheric adventure, which features a gripping plot, stunning setting and great characters. Innis hears it first – a bloodcurdling howl that stops him dead in his tracks. And then he sees it. Silhouetted against the sky, head raised: unmistakeably, a wolf. Living on a remote Scottish island, Innis is no stranger to nature in its rawest form. But a wolf? Wolves became extinct in Scotland centuries ago. And Innis has other, more pressing things to worry about: his grandfather’s failing health and the threat of his unspoilt island being desecrated by the construction of a wind farm. If Innis has the courage to rise to an ancient challenge, it might just solve all his problems at once but, if it all goes horribly wrong, he could be paying with his life.

Kerr Thomson will be in school on Friday 27 September to talk to all of our S1 cohort about this multi-layered mystery adventure. Books will be for sale and can be signed by our visiting author.

The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden hooks everyone! How many other books will help you thrash someone at conkers, race your own go-cart, and identify the best quotations from Shakespeare? The Dangerous Book for Boys gives you facts and figures at your fingertips – swot up on the solar system, learn about famous battles and read inspiring stories of incredible courage and bravery. Teach your old dog new tricks. Make a pinhole camera. Understand the laws of cricket. There’s a whole world out there: with this book, anyone can get out and explore it.

The big hit is the Cherub series by Robert Muchamore, which is one of the top series of books borrowed at Elgin Academy.

  • PHYSICAL: James is stocky, which makes him strong but also prone to weight gain. He must run regularly and watch his diet to keep in shape.

  • COMBAT: Has shown reasonable aptitude in karate and judo classes, although his reflexes are not the fastest and James often struggles against nimbler opponents.

  • ACADEMIC: James has an IQ of 153 and is brilliant at maths. However, he will not live up to his full potential until he learns to stop messing around in class.

  • LIKES: Arsenal, motorbikes, FIFA soccer games, tenpin bowling, winding up his little sister.

  • DISLIKES: Mayonnaise, curry, Tottenham Hotspur, Big Brother and soap operas.

All books can be borrowed and enjoyed. Please share your reviews with us at the library desk!