Friday, 24 May 2013

Book Reviews

Bob No Ordinary Cat
A review by Gabriella Year 7

Bob No Ordinary Cat is a book about a homeless musician, James Bowen, who finds a street cat named Bob. Together they change both of their lives.  James didn’t have much money; he only had about £30 with him.  It was hard for him to look only after himself for at first he didn’t take Bob (busking) with him.   But then he gave Bob a chance and together they made their way to the top, earning more money.
James plays his guitar on the streets to earn money.  The first time that he took Bob with him they earned more than usual.  If it was a good day James earned £20 but this time many people stopped to see Bob and they earned £66.
This book is really sweet.  I like it because it tells you everything about real, true friendship.  It doesn’t matter if your friend is black or white, animal or human; it is about knowing who your friends really are.  It’s also about trust.  Bob trusted James and it’s about how they were helping each other in hard moments.  I liked the book because for me it was an amazing, true story and I was amazed by how intelligent the cat was.  I loved the end of the story and how James finds out that Bob is famous on YouTube and millions of people know Bob.  I love how at the end the lady asks if he plans to write a book about Bob.  He wrote a book and it’s really famous, that’s how true friendship brought James and Bob to the top.

Bob No Ordinary Cat
A review by Cheyanne Year 9
The book is about a man who met a tom cat ‘Bob’.  The reason why Bob is no ordinary cat is because he helped change his owner’s life.

It all started when this cat was poorly and sitting in front of a doorway in James’ flat.  The man saw it was ill and knocked on the door one day to ask if the cat had belonged to them, but they said no.  The man then took the cat and helped it by taking the tom cat to the vet to make sure he didn’t have any diseases or major wounds apart from the one on its leg which eventually healed.
James then took care of the cat and became its owner.    James does regular busking around Covent Garden to earn money because since everything that has happened in his past he couldn’t get a proper job.  Ever since he got the cat he follows James everywhere, on buses and even to work.  But since he has been following him to work he has been interacting with people and getting a lot of money more than he will get in a week, in a day.  Because now James gets a lot of money he has a special collar just for Bob so he won’t get lost in the crowd.

My favourite part of the book is when ‘Bob’ follows James to work every morning and helps him raise money to buy things that he hasn’t brought before.  I recommend this book because it is very emotional and when you start reading the book you just want to find out more.  Such as how he can manage bringing the cat to work with him every morning and how he can buy so many things for the cat but barely anything for himself.  For anyone who likes cats or emotional stories I think this would be a really good book.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Revision Guides and New Books in the WML

We have a good selection of revision resources available in the WML – come and have a browse or ask one of the librarians.  There are some useful GCSE revision websites listed on the blog, as well as Post 16 resources, which provide A-level revision websites and advice on referencing. 

Library inductions for the Year 9s, who are going into KS4, are scheduled for after half term.  Once these have taken place you will be entitled to use the WML.  As well as the non-fiction and quick reference collections, we have lots of excellent new titles including Michael Grant’s Gone series and The Darke Academy series by Gabriella Poole for you to borrow.


Friday, 17 May 2013

Award Winning Performance Poet, Adisa, to visit The Ravensbourne School

We are pleased to announce that the amazing performance poet, Adisa will be coming into the school on Friday 24th May.

Winner of the Apples & Snakes New Performance Poet of the Year award, Adisa will be performing some of his poetry for groups of Year 9 students.  He will also be working with the children to help them create their own performance poems in two poetry workshops.
Adisa has visited the school before and we are very much looking forward to welcoming him back again.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Author visit and book signing at TRS

Chris Bradford, the award-winning author of the Young Samurai and BODYGUARD series, will be coming to give an exciting talk to Years 7 and 8 on Wednesday 15th May.  He will also be signing copies of his books, which can be ordered in advance or purchased on the day.

About the author: 

Chris is trained in karate, kickboxing and samurai swordsmanship, having earned his black belt in Zen Kyo Shin Taijutsu, the secret fighting art of the ninja.  In 2012 he qualified as a professional bodyguard as part of his research for his new book series.

Recipient of 18 book awards nominations, Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior was deemed one of Puffin’s 70 Best Ever Books, alongside Treasure Island and Robin Hood.

For more info on Chris: