We offer pupils an English book club to help develop their English language and literacy skills. The meetings take place every 2-3 weeks and we discuss a book chosen in the previous session. The club encourages the pupils to read more, whilst providing a relaxed and fun environment for them to express their opinions and ask any questions about English.
Below are three books we have read and would recommend!
The Knife of Never Letting Go - Todd Hewitt
Todd Hewitt lives in Prentisstown where everybody’s thoughts can be heard in the constant noise that surrounds the town. The town mysteriously consists only of men, and one boy, Todd. A month before Todd is to become a man, he finds a place of complete silence, something he had been told was impossible. Suddenly he realises that Prentisstown has a secret, and he is forced to go on the run.
With so much going on, the book provided constant excitement, whilst the plot's unpredictability ensured we were gripped! The characters were bizarre and funny, bringing the plot to life. I think the talking dog was a definite favourite. Sometimes the story had vague explanations, which could have been expanded upon, but all in all a very good book.
Our rating: 3/5
The Hobbit - J.R.R Tolkien
Set in a world of hobbits, elves, and wizards, the Hobbit is a brilliant fantasy adventure. The main character, a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, enjoys a comfortable and uneventful life, until the day a wizard and 13 dwarves arrive on his doorstep! Suddenly he is part of a quest to raid the treasure hoard guarded by the fearsome dragon Smaug. As the reader we follow this journey and the various adventures it entails.
The club found this book a challenge, because of the long descriptive passages that used complex language. However, although not always easy, this description was really interesting and helped us visualise the book’s magnificent world. Our favourite part had to be the ending when Bilbo finds the dragon; this had us on the edge of our seats! We also enjoyed making comparisons between our imagination and the film’s depiction.
Our rating: 3.5/5
Starters - Lissa Price
In an alternate world, a war involving poisonous bacteria has killed everybody between the ages of twenty and sixty. A law passed before the war prevents minors from working and so those without grandparents must struggle to stay alive, living in abandoned buildings and stealing food. The only hope for many of these young people is a place called Prime Destinations. Here teenagers are paid to rent their bodies out to seniors who wish to experience being young. The book follows the life of teenager Callie when she decides to participate in Prime Destinations’ scheme. What follows is not to be expected.
We couldn’t put this book down! We loved the unusual world created by the author that was so different, and yet still comparable, to our own. This created a great basis for the whole story. The plot was then full of twists and turns and ended with an unpredictable cliffhanger. The only thing we couldn’t agree on was whether or not the main love interest was a good choice!
Our rating: 4/5