We Are Reading @ JCSC

Why is reading important?

A 2019 literacy study involving over one million students called: “What kids are reading 2019” stated that only a quarter of students get recommended reading for pleasure time yet it is proven that a direct impact on students making progress and achieving at school. We want all of our students at JCSC reading more. It is recommended that students need to read for at least 20 minutes every day so please make sure that your child has time set aside to read at home.

Student Book Reviews

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Midnight Gang – David Walliams

I loved the book since I loved the comedy and adventure also the surprises It was about a hospital. the hospital was a very dull on so the kids had a midnight crew and had fun. I would recommend it to 10-13 year-olds it is a lengthy book and a very good one

Letter to the Lost – Brigid Kemmerer.

This book is about a girl called Juliet Young who always writes letter to her mother that has died and takes the letters to her grave if she doesn’t write a letter everyday she can not cope and one day she gets a letter back from the from a stranger who share the same pain as her. Overall I like this book because it’s is very interesting.

How to Train your Dragon – Cressida Cowell

This book was full of fun, and was a very engaging read. This book is incredibly stupid the main character “Hiccup” Horrendous Haddock the Third. He is the Heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans. His father is Stoick the Vast, the Chef of the Tribe. The main story line is the initiation where the boys of the Meatheads and Hairy Hooligans are training a Dragon to be the hunting partner,war buddy and friend for life. Hiccup has a little trick up his sleeve he can speak dragonise the language of the Dragons. I would give this book a 10 out of 10 I love the films and the book a lot more now. 

Shadow – Michael Morpurgo

Shadow is about a dog that sniffs out mines in Afghanistan and also helps a poor family in a cave find there way back to England .The reason that I like this book is because it show a life through an animals prospective and also what they are treated like .

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

What is it about: Two migrant workers , George And Lennie , go to work on Ranches

Why I like it: Because it a good book and I liked to read it as a class

The child finder – Rene Denfeld 

The book is about a person who was found as a child and can’t remember anything before that this person is called Naomi and she find missing children she starts working on finding a girl called Madison Culver who had been missing for 3 years and the story is based on how Naomi found her and Madisons experience. I like this story because it is mysterious and interesting.

Wolf – Gillian Cross

I recommend this book for 10+ as it has a good story line for people that age. I read this book and really enjoyed it. I really like the characters and the scene as when i read it doesn’t feel like i am there in the book. The main character i would say is Cassy because she is mentioned the most in the book. Cassy is a young teenage girl that first lives with her granny, until she had to move to her mums house because her granny was getting too old to look after Cassy. Cassy went through a long childhood as her dad walked out when she was little. She doesn’t like living at her mums house but has to put up with it. Read the book to find out the rest of the story.

The Rise of Nine – Pittacus Lores

The Rise of Nine is the third book in the Lorien Legacies series. The series is about a group of 10 humanoid aliens, One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine and Ten. They were sent to Earth after their planet (Lorien) was destroyed by an alien race called Mogadorians. When they left, there was a charm put on them stating that they could only be killed in order and this charm would be broken if they met. After One, Two and Three were killed by Mogadorians, Four (John) meets up with Six. The Rise of Nine is about John and Nine travelling to New Mexico and Six meeting up with Seven (Marina) and Ten (Ella) in Spain. Six, Marina and Ella then travel to India to find Eight.  While this is happening, Sam (John’s human best friend) breaks out of Mogadorian prison with his father. The book is about them all fighting to meet up so that they can take down the Mogadorians. I enjoyed this book because the characters are funny and likable and the story line is interesting and fast-paced. However, I think the chapters could be clearer about which character’s perspective it is from because although most of the time you can tell from the context and the fonts are different it can get confusing at times. I would recommend this book to fans of sci-fi and fiction.

We are young – by Cat Clarke T

One of my favourite books of all time is ‘We are young’ by Cat Clarke. This book is about a young woman named Evan who is determined to find out what happened to her step brother, Louis and the 3 people who died in a car accident. People do not seem to be asking many questions about what really happened but Evan finds this inexplicable and is in desperate need to find answers. With help of Louis, when he eventually awakes from his coma, and Harry she is able to do so. I really enjoy this book because it makes me feel heartbroken, hopeful but also anguish for the characters. I recommend this book as it is fantastic and a must read.

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The name of the books that I will be reviewing is called “The Book Thief”by Markus Zusak. This book is about a little girl who is growing up in Nazi,Germany. Her brother dies when she was on a train on the way to her foster house as her mother was being taken away.I like this book because it can show even if you aren’t allowed something you can get it some way or another (in a ‘political’ view).I also like it because it is a good way to get the message across that no matter what you shouldn’t just give up.

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

There are many reasons that i like this book but the main ones are the fact that you say you hate someone but really yo have a great appreciation towards them no matter how much you try to convince yourself otherwise. Another reason is that this book shows you that everyone deserves love even if they are disabled or have some mental health issues that can get in the way of your feelings . The final reason is that the book shows that even if you love someone you cant stop them from what they want to do even though it may not seem the right choice at that moment f time but it will eventually all become clearer even if everyone one around them thinks its wrong they see it as write. In this book the man is disabled and the women has to talk him out of an assisted suicide , but they end up falling in love and he still goes through with the suicide while she is trying to use love to stop him , he is using it as one final reason to be happy , all of this proves that even though people fall in love that doesn’t stop people from what they want even if their partner/family disagrees

An Abundance Of Katherines – John Green

The title of the book I read was ‘An Abundance Of Katherines’ it was written by John Green. The book is about a boy called Colin Singleton who has a thing for girls called Katherine but is always getting dumped.He goes on a holiday for a mission to find a girl named Katherine who will stay with him and predict the future of any relationships. What I like about the book is that the story line is good and it shows little diagrams of what the mission is like when he is trying to find someone to stay in a relationship with.

Staff Reading List 

Miss Avison is currently reading- ‘The Brothers Three’ by Layton Green

Mrs Gough is currently reading-  ‘A different kind of daughter – the girl who hid from the Taliban in plain sight’ by Maria Toorpakai