Schools, libraries, and bookshops all celebrated the 21st World Book Day on March 1st. Here at AGGS staff shared their favourite stories with pupils during a special lunchtime book reading session. Thanks to Mrs Clark, Mr Lovelady, Mrs Cleary, Mr England and Mr Hodgson for dazzling us with a diverse selection of novels and poems.
I Believe in Book Fairies
On World Book Day, Thursday 1st March, to celebrate reading and promote books, the librarians will be organising a Book Fairies Event.
What are Book Fairies?
Book Fairies hide books around the world, every day, for other people to find, read, then leave for the next person. This World Book Day you can get involved too and share your books.
Want to get involved?
- Choose one of your own books that you think someone else might love
- Decorate it with a ribbon (optional)
- Come to the library to get an I Believe in Book Fairies Sticker (from 26th February)
- Hide your book somewhere around school on Thursday 1st March
- We’d love to see what you leave and find so please share your books on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #AGGSbookfairies and #ibelieveinbookfairies
Give a book a new lease of life this World Book Day and pass it on for someone else to enjoy.
How exactly has it got to the two thousand and eighteenth year on the planet Earth? I have no idea.
Let’s be honest- can you really remember much of what happened last year? The year before that? A lost cause. But the one thing I certainly can remember are books.
Looking back on 2017 with a fond memory of Sarah J Maas’ ‘A Court of Thorns & Roses’ series. This is something I definitely recommend- seeming as more of her fantastical works are due to come out this year…not long to wait- I hope. If you haven’t delved into this magical world, it’s definitely worth getting a move on. We’ll be seeing more of Maas this year…
2018 holds an uncountable number of books. So much choice, genre, authors.
This is the year which many have been waiting for books such as ‘Bright we Burn’. The third phenomenon in Kiersten White’s ‘Conqueror’s Saga’. This is the year we will remember.
But through which books? The choice is entirely up to you (although I do strongly recommend the following: )
Aveyard’s 4th book ‘War Storm’ is FINALLY being released. This year. After finishing the previous book ‘King’s Cage’ a few days into the Christmas holidays, with only a few days of 2017 left, I eagerly scoured the internet for the next book, the anticipation building higher and higher…oh. It hadn’t even hit the shelves yet. May. The climax will be revealed. In May.
I’d have to look for other books will be released before that long wait.
Back to the winner of the goodreads choice awards, our very own Sarah J Maas- who will enlighten us with Feyre and Rhys’ adventures once again. ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’. It gives me shivers of joy just reading that twinkling title. Technically speaking it’s more of a back story to the world which has become real to many- but who cares? Yet, unfortunately, that, too is coming out in May. Maas strains our patience further, stretching out the release of the 7th book in ‘Throne of Glass’ until Autumn! It will hands down be a worthwhile wait.
Veronica Roth introduces ‘The Fates Divide’ as her 2nd book in the series. War. Love. Fate. Young Adult and Fantasy will combine into one explosive wonder.
2018 is also the bearer of ‘The Cruel Prince’. This Young Adult Fantasy hides deep and dark twists and turns, making authors like Aveyard and Marie Lu (author of ‘The Young Elites’) crave for the sequel to be within their reach. Luckily, it was released this January. Yet there’s still plenty of choice…
Heart-breaker Jojo Moyes is at it again with empowered Lousia Clark in ‘Still Me’ settling into the bustling streets of New York city. The success of her ‘Me Before You’ series means that the wait for this 3rd book has flown out of 2018. Moyes started early at January, and is available right now: on the shelves and ready to read.
Perhaps you could start off 2018, with a magical mysterious fiction: ‘The Hazel Wood’– taking you into a journey deep down into a perplexing novel of confusion and darkness.
‘Sometime I lie’, a psychological thriller beholds a character with three facts which lie close to her heart throughout the book, including deceit. Alice Feeny unearths the deep truths about lies. If lies are true to you, are they lies at all?
Tragic mystery thrills many in ‘pretty girls dancing’- the tale of crime, suspicion and riddles.
So, probably more than two thousand and eighteen books to look forward to. Make it a more magical, more thrilling and more breathtaking year.
Make 2018 one to remember. Read.
Christmas came early to AGGS this week with a festive visit from the best-selling author Matt Haig. Matt is the author of several novels for adults and children, and his new book, Father Christmas and Me, is the third title in his bestselling Christmas series, following A Boy Called Christmas and The Girl Who Saved Christmas (Canongate).
200 pupils and staff from the 3 BFET primary schools, Stanley Grove Primary Academy, Rushbrook Primary Academy, Marton Primary Academy and a local school, Bowdon Preparatory School, beat the weather and traffic to meet the author and hear all about his new book. Matt entertained everyone with tales of Father Christmas, Mother Christmas, their adopted human daughter Amelia and cat, Captain Soot. Elfhelm, where they all live, is a magical place, where the houses are made of gingerbread and the local currency is chocolate gold coins.
The spirit of Christmas soon filled the Hall as pupils took to the stage, changed into elf outfits, told Christmas jokes and lead a Christmas sing-song. Father Christmas’s Barometer of Hope (a key device in the story) soon zoomed to its maximum reading – So. Much. Hope. Nothing is Impossible. Magic is Real. Christmas Will Happen!
It was a delight to welcome so many inquisitive and enthusiastic primary school pupils into our school.
Thanks to Waterstones Deansgate Manchester for the opportunity.
The next TED Talk will be shown on Tuesday 3rd October at 12.40pm. You are welcome to bring your lunch to eat.
Award Winning Teenage Science in Action – Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose and Naomi Shah (16:03)
In 2011 three young women swept the top prizes of the first Google Science Fair. Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose and Naomi Shah describe their extraordinary projects — and their route to a passion for science.
The English department were very happy to welcome Rachel McIntyre to AGGS on July 6th. Rachel, who has had three books for teenagers published in the last two years, came to deliver creative writing workshops to year 9 and year 10 and to talk to students in the library. The workshops were fast-paced and engaging. Students learned how to create an original character and how to plot a story. Who knew year 9 had such dark imaginations? Rachel talked to aspiring writers in the library, suggesting ways in which they could develop their writing.
Huge thanks to Rachel to taking time out to visit us.