On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom alive. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. He died on a Monday. But that Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates. Now, all four of them are suspects in his murder. Are they guilty? Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? They all have a motive. They all have something to hide. They all have a history with Simon. And one of them is definitely lying.
The Man Booker Prize is awarded for fiction and is open to authors writing in English regardless of their nationality. The long list, or Man Booker dozen, includes established and debut writers: 4321 by Paul Auster Days Without End by Sebastian Barry History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund Exit West by Mohsin Hamid Solar Bones by Mike McCormack Resevoir 13 by Jon McGregor Elmet by Fiona Mozley The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy Lincoln in Bardo by George Saunders Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie Autumn by Ali Smith Swing Time by Zadie Smith The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
The shortlist will be announced on 13th September and the winner on the 17th October. Previous Man Booker Prize shortlisted and winning novels are available to borrow from the War Memorial Library.
Today, Tuesday 18th July, marks 200 years since the death of acclaimed novelist,
Jane Austen.Her portrait is to be used
on the new £10 notes, which will be issued on 14th September 2017.During her life
time, however, Jane Austen’s novels were published anonymously and she is
buried in Winchester Cathedral with no mention of her books.
Jane Austen’s novels, including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma have been adapted for film and television. They are available to
borrow from the War Memorial Library.
The UK's YA Lit Con is back for a fourth year. Set up by acclaimed author Malorie Blackmanduring her time as Children's Laureate, the event celebrates the best in Young Adult fiction. It will be taking place between 28-30 July as part of the London Film and Comic Con. There will be writing workshops and book signings and lots of brilliant authors including Alex Wheatle, Holly Smale, Juno Dawson and Patrick Ness. For more information click here. Don't forget, we have lots of brilliant YA novels for you to read in War Memorial Library. Ask your librarians or check out the new books page on the blog.
A group of our Year 7 students, Alfie, Aimee, Amy, Avril, Dominika, Juliette,Oscar, Sebastian and Tanaka, took part in shadowing this year's CILIP Carnegie Children’s Book Awards. This involved reading, discussing and reviewing the eight shortlisted titles selected by the judges.
Known as the Cosmic Ravensbourne Readers, the Shadowing group met for the last time on Tuesday, 27th June. As well as discovering books they wouldn't normally choose, that challenged their existing ideas, the group enjoyed being able to express their opinions in a relaxed and friendly environment. As a thank you for taking part, everyone received a certificate, bookmark, printed copy of our Shadowing magazine, chocolate and a free book of their choice. We look forward to Carnegie Shadowing 2018!
The winners of the awards were announced on Monday 19th June. They were Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys and The Bone Sparrowby Zana Fraillon. These books, and the other shortlisted titles, are available to borrow from the Discovery and War Memorial Libraries.