Awesome Book Awards 2020: Event Plans

Dear Readers With a heavy heart we are writing this post to tell you that this year’s Awesome Book Awards event on April 30th has been cancelled. Like your pupils we are really disappointed but the uncertainty around school closures and illness following the Easter break leaves us with no option. At such a time […]

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March’s Author of the Month: P. G. Bell

Where did you write The Train to Impossible Places? I wrote it in a local coffee shop (where fellow children’s author Claire Fayers and I still get together to write every week), and at work in Cardiff University’s physics and engineering library. I was a part time library assistant there, and in the evenings after […]

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Book Club Blog: Third Instalment

When I asked a pupil recently why they had selected a particular book, they replied: “because my friend told me it was good.”  I was struck by the power of a peer-to-peer book recommendation, which can have a far greater impact than the suggestions of teachers, parents and librarians. The annual Awesome Book Awards Book […]

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January’s Author of the Month: Onjali Q. Raúf

Where did you write The Boy at the Back of the Class? Downstairs in the living room of my house, as at the time, I was recovering from major surgery and wasn’t allowed to venture outside or climb any stairs (my bedroom is in the attic so I had to sleep downstairs). I was very bored […]

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Book Club Blog

A new school year and a new term for Cranleigh Prep School heralds two exciting events; a new Patron of Reading, Emma Carroll, and the anticipation of the launch of the shortlist for Awesome Book Awards 2020. Following the last three successful years, the awards are now an integral part of our School calendar, and […]

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Book Club Blog: Third Instalment

A new year and a new book, namely Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth. I downloaded the mandala colouring page available on Jess’s website, which mirrors the beginning of each chapter in the book and each book club member started their own as they arrived and have continued to colour over […]

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