Book Review: The Keeper of Portals - VS Nelson

I've been sent advanced reading copies (ARCs) of books by publishers before, but this is the first time an author has contacted me directly to ask me to review their book! Exciting! So yes, the author sent me an advanced eARC in exchange for an honest review. I am going to start with a bit of…Continue reading Book Review: The Keeper of Portals - VS Nelson

Book Review: Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton

I have recently started a book club at work for students in years 9 and 10 (13-15). Thanks to a generous donation from Reading Hack, out club's first read was Rebel of the Sands - the first in a planned trilogy by Alwyn Hamilton (book 2 coincidentally came out on the day of our group meeting). Here's…Continue reading Book Review: Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton

The Booklender and the Teetering TBR Pile of Doom

My last two blog posts have been book reviews. This one was meant to be as well, but I haven't finished reading the book for review yet. The problem I have, and I'm sure I'm not alone in experiencing this issue, is that there are just too many books. I'm currently reading three things at once and have…Continue reading The Booklender and the Teetering TBR Pile of Doom

Book Review: AniMalcolm - David Baddiel

Malcolm’s family are quite fond of animals - you could say they are obsessed. They have two cats, a dog, a hamster and an iguana. They go to the zoo every week. It’s the primary topic of conversation. Malcolm, however, is not a big fan (especially since the infamous “Monkey Incident”). So when Malcolm is…Continue reading Book Review: AniMalcolm - David Baddiel

Book cover for The Jamie Drake Equation, by Christopher Edge

Book Review: The Jamie Drake Equation

Jamie Drake’s dad is famous. He’s an astronaut, and he’s currently orbiting the earth on the International Space Station, about 400kms above the planet’s surface. Soon he will launch a series of tiny interstellar probes, which will search the galaxy for signs of alien life. What could possibly go wrong? Back on earth, Jamie misses…Continue reading Book Review: The Jamie Drake Equation

To school librarians, public libraries, librarian knights, custodians of our culture, you taught me well. I'll never forget you.

Chris Riddell and the Campaign for School Libraries

Libraries are having a hard time of it at the moment. The plight of public libraries is well documented, and it breaks my heart. As much as they may want to, however, the government cannot just close public libraries willy nilly. Thanks to the Public Libraries and Museums act of 1964, Public Libraries are protected…Continue reading Chris Riddell and the Campaign for School Libraries

Skull on a book

Halloween Special: The Unread

The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, the leaves are turning and the shops are full of pumpkins. Which can only mean that Halloween is here! To celebrate, here's a short, creepy library-set story I wrote a couple of years ago while taking part in the FutureLearn/Open University MOOC, Start Writing Fiction.…Continue reading Halloween Special: The Unread

EPQ Update

Just a short one today to post an update on the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) course I blogged about in February. Quick recap: the EPQ is a mini-dissertation research project, usually offered to A-Level students to help prepare them for University. For the first time last year, our school offered it to a handful of…Continue reading EPQ Update

A Newbie's Reflections on School Library Inductions

This time last year, I had to teach 300 children (ten classes of around thirty) how to use a library. I’d never done it before. I had only a vague idea of what I needed to do, and no idea about what the best way to go about it was. Fortunately, I didn’t have to…Continue reading A Newbie's Reflections on School Library Inductions

World Book Day Fest 2016

Surviving Your First World Book Day as a School Librarian

Today is World Book Day. We'd been planning and organising events at school for months, and today they all happened! These are some things we did: Whole school Drop Everything And Read: everyone stops what they are doing and reads for 20 minutes. We normally do this every week, but not the whole school and…Continue reading Surviving Your First World Book Day as a School Librarian