Holiday Reading by Miss Williams

I have been a very busy bee (or bookworm!) with all the books I have read this summer. Those of you who know me, can probably guess I have read far more books than I can mention on here! Instead, I have whittled it down to my top three. We have had a huge sort in our school library to prepare it for the new year and this has involved spending lots (too much!) of money on buying brand new books. I hope you will all be super-excited when you see the library on Monday and that you will look forward to visiting it again. The books I have chosen below are all available in the school library so if you like the sound of any of them then you are more than welcome to borrow them.

My number 1 read of the summer: Pages and Co: Till and the Bookwanderers by Anna James

Since her mother’s disappearance, eleven-year-old Tilly has found comfort in stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents’ bookshop. But when her favourite characters, Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, appear in the shop, Tilly’s adventures become very real. Not only can she follow Anne and Alice into their thrilling worlds, she discovers she can bookwander into any story she chooses.

Tilly’s new ability could even help her solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago. But danger may be lurking on the very next page…

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as it reminded me so much of how excited I was to read books as a little girl. This is the kind of story you read and think ‘wow… imagine if that was real’ and then you spend your free time imagining writing a sequel! Luckily for us, Anna James has already written three more in the series. I have read two of them so will definitely be borrowing the third from our school library! There is so much mystery and adventure in this book that it really is a page-turner. 10/10 and highly recommended for Y5 and 6.

My number 2 read of the summer: The Titanic Detective Agency by Lindsay Littleson

The Titanic Detective Agency by [Lindsay Littleson]

Unlock the secrets of the unsinkable ship…

Bertha Watt, tree-climber and would-be polar explorer, is excited to be on RMS Titanic’s maiden voyage, as she leaves Aberdeen behind for the glamour of a new life in America.

This book is written from two different characters point of view. I absolutely couldn’t put it down so I read it in one afternoon! It’s a nice short read so I would recommend it to anyone from Y3 up really. I have always been fascinated by the Titanic and have read many books over the years but this is by far my favourite. It was full of mystery but obviously based on what really happened. I particularly liked how the characters were based on real people and in the back of the book it tells you how their lives turned out. We know it is not a happy story but there are parts that are really moving and parts that really did make me laugh. I hope some of you will enjoy this as much as I did – available in the library now!

My number 3 read of the summer: Always by Morris Gleitzman

Once by Morris Gleitzman is a class reader in Year 6 and so this series has been popular in Year 6 year on year. This is the final instalment in the series and I honestly can say no more than that – you won’t find any spoilers here! I can just say that this book of all of them was the most emotional. The journey Felix has been on from the first book Once through the series: Then, Now, After, Soon, Maybe and then finally Always is just incredible. This author has a very quirky style of writing and the books are truly a pleasure to read. Highly recommended for  Year 6.

I know I said I was only choosing 3 but having got to the end I realised I have forgotten all the beautiful picture books I have read this summer too. I will give you a very quick look at my top three of these too – I can’t resist!

Number 1 picture book: Nen and the Lonely Fisherman

Far out to sea and deep below the whispering waves lives a merman called Nen. Nen spends his days exploring his underwater kingdom, but something is missing: his heart is empty. So, Nen ventures to the forbidden world above and it is here that he meets Ernest, a lonely fisherman. But can two people from different worlds be together and what will happen when a terrifying storm gathers? A lyrical, beautiful celebration of love, acceptance and faith, with a gentle message about how we treat our oceans, and each other.

I loved the idea of a merman rather than the average mermaid! The illustrations in this book are absolutely stunning and add so much to the story. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Number 2 picture book: You Matter

The small stuff too small to see.
Those who swim with the tide and those who don’t.
The first to go and the last.
You matter.

In this bright and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are  explored – from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they’re feeding, from the hugest dinosaur to the tiniest fly.

This book has a really powerful message. Sometimes we think we don’t have a part to play in the world and we lose sight of the small things explored in this book. This book really made me think and I just loved the message – even when you think you don’t, you matter.

Number 3 picture book: A Child of Books

In this inspiring, lyrical tale about the rewards of reading and sharing stories, a little girl sails her raft “across a sea of words” to arrive at the house of a small boy. There she invites him to come away with her on an adventure. Through forests of fairy tales and across mountains of make-believe, the two travel together on a fantastical journey that unlocks the boy’s imagination. Now a lifetime of magic lies ahead of him… But who will be next?

As most of you know, Oliver Jeffers is one of my all-time favourite authors. All of his books are outstanding but this, in my opinion, is his best one yet. The illustrations and text are intertwined which I just loved. I found myself reading the stories within the story as much as the story! You have to see this book to understand. I haven’t yet purchased this for the library but you are more than welcome to borrow my copy if you are interested.

That’s my mega summer blog – well done if you stuck with me! I am very much looking forward to seeing you all on Monday and hearing what you have all been reading over the summer.

Miss Williams

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