Responding to current research that shows that the number of 14+ girls and women who are reading has declined, we have designed our Read Like a Girl #RLaG project, a community partnership for the literary development of girls. The project encapsulates a calendar of reading events aimed at instilling a foundation and love of reading in our college community and more broadly among girls everywhere.
Verse novels tell detailed stories with characters through the medium of narrative verse. This week, we are recommending verse novels that are #greatreads for our Middle Years readers. Red Butterfly by A. L. Sonnichsen, is a stunning example of the genre and if you enjoy it, our new Pinterest board Verse Novels gives plenty of examples for your next read.
A study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro is a murder mystery thriller and the first installment of a trilogy. Fans of the Holmes and Watson spin-off genre will love this edgy, suspenseful page-turner starring the brilliant new crime-solving duo, Charlotte and Jamie, distant relatives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.
The iCentre staff members are all avid readers with different interests and tastes. Take a look at what we have been reading over the Christmas holidays and put any of these novels on your reading lists to enjoy at a later date.
Miss Jane by Brad Watson is the moving story of a most unusual woman, born in rural Mississippi with a genital birth defect which impeded the marriage and childbearing path taken by most women of the era. Based on the story of the author's own great-aunt, Miss Jane is a character who will stay with you long after you have finished reading the novel.
And we stay by Jenny Hubbard is an award winning novel for YA readers of senior fiction (15+). It is a poetic and powerful coming of age story dealing with challenging subjects and is more suited to mature readers who like a lyrical read with a mixture of prose and poetry to tell the story.
After reading Binge by Tyler Oakley, Yr 8 student Makenzi Tomkins has created a graphic book review as an exciting new visual way to share her thoughts about the novel with other readers.
This term, our Yr 8 students have been learning how to create graphic book reviews. We are very excited to showcase the work of Lucia Walker who has reviewed the novel Loving Richard Feynman by Penny Tangy in a visual way to recommend it to other readers.
This term, Yr 8 student Sophie Wright read A monster calls and created a graphic book review to share her thoughts about this award winning book. Read the novel first and then see the movie which is both a challenging and heart breaking adaption of this powerful story.
We love showcasing our students' work on the website. Yr 8 student Megha Soy has created a graphic book review after reading Cry Blue Murder, a cautionary tale about the misuse of social media and a popular YA mystery read for young teenage girls.
Year 8 student Abbie Greaney enjoyed reading The Jewel by Amy Ewing and created a graphic book review to share her opinion with other readers in her class. Graphic book reviews are an exciting new visual and entertaining way to share your thoughts about a #greatread with others.