Monday, 19 June 2017

Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Winners 2017 Announced!

The 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal, awarded for an outstanding book for children, has been won by Ruta Sepetys for Salt to the Seaa heartbreaking and inspiring novel, told from the perspective of four young people, each with a secret to keep.  Based on true events, it tells the little known story of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff passenger ship during World War II, carrying 9,000 civilian refugees, nearly all of whom were drowned.

The brilliant Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon was awarded the Amnesty CILIP Honours, as the book on the shortlist that most distinctively illuminates, communicates, or celebrates our personal rights and freedom.

The Greenaway Medal for most outstanding illustration for children and young people was won by Lane Smith for There is a Tribe of Kids.

Check out the our Shadowing page, the Cosmic Ravensbourne Readers, soon to find out which books were our Shadower's favourites!   

Friday, 16 June 2017

Your school needs you!

Nominate us to win £5,000 of National Book Tokens in a free prize draw.  You can also win £1,000 of tokens for yourself too!  To enter click here.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Lauren Child announced as new Children's Laureate

The very talented award-winning author, illustrator and artist, Lauren Child, has been named the Waterstones Children's Laureate, 2017-2019. Her work includes the Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort series, which are available to borrow from the Discovery Library.

During her time as Laureate, Lauren Child will focus on inspiring children to use their imaginations and be creative, "igniting in them the delight of reading for pleasure".  

The role of Children's Laureate is awarded every two years to celebrate an exceptional author or illustrator of children’s books and to recognise their importance in creating new readers.  Lauren Child will be the 10th Laureate and follows on from fellow author and illustrator, Chris Riddell.
Former Children's Laureates drawn by Chris Riddell

Monday, 5 June 2017

YA Book Prize 2017 - winner announced

The Booksellers YA Book Prize 2017, announced at the Hay Festival, has been won by Patricia Lawrence for Orangeboy.  

Orangeboy tells the story of a 16-year-old boy, Marlon, who faces an impossible choice after a date ends tragically.  He finds himself caught up in London's gang culture, despite not wanting to follow the same path as his older brother, Andre.  Described as a 'coming of age urban thriller', this novel has also also been shortlisted for the Best Crime Novel for Young Adults, the Costa Book Awards for children 2016 and has won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize for Older Readers.

Orangeboy is on our wish list so look out for a copy in the War Memorial Library very soon.  In the meantime, check out Alex Wheatle's brilliant Crongton series of books including Liccle Bit and Crongton Knights

Friday, 26 May 2017

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is now open for aspiring poets aged 11 to 17

Founded by the Poetry Society in 1998, the competition welcomes poems of any length and on any theme and winners receive an amazing range of prizes, including mentoring, a residential writing course and membership of the Poetry Society and books.

The closing date is 31st July 2017.  For more information on how to enter and top tips on writing poetry click here.

If you need inspiration, why not check out the great selection of poetry books available to borrow from the Discovery Library.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Keep Calm and Carry on Revising in the War Memorial Library

We have a good selection of revision resources available in the War Memorial Library – 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.

One of our P16 lunchtime library helpers has also recommended the Get Revising website, which allows you to organise your time with a study planner, create useful tools including mind-maps and flash cards and discuss your subjects with other students. To check it out visit Get Revising.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

To mark Mental Health Awareness week 2017, we have created a useful display of fiction and non-fiction books in the War Memorial Library. This year's awareness theme is relationships.

And there are some useful websites too.  Click here and here and here  and here  and here . 

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we have a great selection of books in the Discovery Library to make you

Friday, 5 May 2017

Free Comic Book Day 2017

If you love comics, this Saturday, 6th May, is Free Comic Book Day 2017!  The titles being given away this year include Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Doctor Who, The Simpsons and Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Forbidden Planet is hosting events and giving away bags of comics (whilst stocks last) – for more details and their nearest store checkout their website

You can also pick up a free comic at branches of the some London public libraries, namely Hammersmith and Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.

You may also want to check out Piranha in Bromley High Street, which sells comic books and cult collectables.

Meanwhile, don't forget to check out the Graphic Novel collections in the Libraries!

First News and Stabilo – Young Journalist of the Year 2017 Writing Competition

This is a great competition for anyone who loves writing and has a keen interest in journalism and To enter the competition, you must write a column of no more than 300 words about something that is happening in your local area or school or an issue affecting your family or friends that you would like to raise awareness about.  A column is where the writer gives their opinion on an important issue, which appear in newspapers, magazines and web sites.
current affairs!
The closing date is 7th July and is open to 8 to 18 year olds.  The winners get their own column published in First News and win a bundle of STABILO stationery products worth £1,000 for their school.

For hints and tips and how to enter go to  Copies of First News are available in the Discovery Library.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Word of the Week - recent winners

The Library runs competitions throughout the year, including Word of the Week. Below are some recent winners. This week on Simon Mayo's Drive time show on Radio 2, hermaphrodite, our word of the week in the Discovery Library, was mentioned in relation to pineapples.

If you have an interesting or unusual word that you want to share with everyone, please ask for an entry form in either of the Libraries.  The competition is available to enter in both the Discovery and War Memorial Libraries.  All Word of the Week winners receive a pen of their choice!

Discovery Library

Adjective: not organised or planned; slapdash.
chosen by Christopher (8MP)

Verb: To fill with intense delight.
chosen by Kursat (7BT)
Noun: A commotion or fuss.
chosen by Rebecca (8WN)

Adjective: Very intense [pain]; very embarrassing, awkward or tedious.
chosen by Megan (8FH)

Noun: To explain or clarify
chosen by Roseanna (8MP)

Noun: (of colour) intensely deep and bright, like a rainbow: powerful feelings or strong clear memories in the mind.
chosen by Chloe (9VC)

Noun: A strong declaration in response to doubt or accusation.
chosen by Ben (8SH)

Verb: Noisy and difficult to control (making things difficult just for the sake of it). The slang version of this word is stroppy.
chosen by Charles (7AH)

Noun: A movement for the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel.
chosen by Melanie (8FH)

Noun:  A sensation of dizziness felt because ones balance is disturbed.
chosen by Kursat (7BT)

Adjective: Something that can be touched or felt.
chosen by Oscar (7WL)

Noun: In Buddhism and Hinduism, the highest state of knowledge and understanding achieved by mediation.
chosen by Tom (7CT)

Adjective: Visually pleasing or quaint, as if resembling a picture.
chosen by Isabelle (8CS)

Noun: The process of scraping or wearing something away.  In Geography, rough seas fling pebbles against the rocks, these pebbles act like sandpaper.
chosen by Valon (9BL)

Adjective: Laughable, an idea that is obviously not realistic.
chosen by Rosanna (8MP)

Noun: In Astrology, a circular or elliptical diagram representing figures associated with constellations; an area of the sky through which the sun, moon and most of the planets appear to move, divided into twelve astrological signs each named for a constellation of stars.
chosen by Ali (7NE)

Noun: A person who does whatever is thrown at them without showing their feelings or complaining.
chosen by Rosanna (8MP)

Adjective: In Biology, an organism, such as an earth worm or flowering plant, that has both male and female reproductive organs.  
chosen by Suwarnan (8BA)

Adjective: Laughable, an idea that is obviously not realistic.
chosen by Rosanna (8MP)

War Memorial Library

Adjective: Of superficial relevance only; digressive
chosen by India Lindsay (13CP)

Noun: Changing behaviour and/or beliefs in order to fit in with a group of people.
chosen by Harry (12CC)

Noun: Means short headed.  In dogs, it applies to breeds with a short snout or a broad short skull e.g. pugs.
chosen by Eloise (12HW)

Noun: Extremely unpleasant.
chosen by Jordan (10 HY)

Adjective: Pleasant sounding and musical to hear.
chosen by Mahira (13CP)

Adjective: Extremely unpleasant, repulsive.
chosen by Geoffrey (10SY)

Noun: A comment or brief reference, which makes an illuminating or entertaining point.
chosen by Ms Roberts (Librarian)

Adjective: Full of bitterness
chosen by James (12SS)

Verb: To make a situation or problem worse.
chosen by Comert(10RE)

Adjective: A psychological term for a person who prefers the familiar and is not open to new experiences.  Psychocentric travellers are said to prefer trips close to home and to seek familiar environments.
chosen by Christopher (13WB)

Adjective: To take (a position of power/importance) illegally or by force.
chosen by Frankie (13ME)

Noun: The study of place-names of a region or language.
chosen by Mr Nazer (Science)

Noun:  In Psychology, the concept that infants have an innate and inborn capacity to attach primarily to a single caregiver or attachment figure. 
chosen by Eloise (12 HW)

Adjective: Of or involving right angles; at right angles.  In statistics, it refers to the independence of variates.  
chosen by Frankie (13ME)

Adjective: Fragmentation of the political system into separate groups, who then compete for patronage. 
chosen by Mr Mills (History) 

Noun: A novel based upon the moral and psychological development of the main character from youth to adulthood; a coming-of-age- novel.
chosen by Mrs Nolan (Librarian) 

Noun: A small amount of food used to decorate other food. 
chosen by Christopher (13WB) 

Noun: A maker of stringed instruments, e.g. guitar and violin. 
chosen by Joe (12MC) 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

TRS Carnegie Shadowing Group

A group of our Year 7 students at The Ravensbourne School have decided to shadow the CILIP Carnegie Children's Book Awards.  This involves reading, discussing and reviewing the eight shortlisted titles selected by the judges.

Take a look at our page on the Shadowing website here.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Easter Holiday Reading

Over the Easter holidays the Librarians enjoy making time to read, especially as we have just launched the Carnegie Shadowing Scheme and there are eight brilliant short listed books to read! Check out our Carnegie short list post for details.
From the short list, Mrs Nolan has just finished reading Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk, which is set in Pennsylvanian, USA, around the time of the second world war.  It tells the story of a young girl and her relationship with a local man, who chooses to live his life outside of the community, and how everything changes when a new girl comes to town.  A compelling read, it focuses on identity and friendship and not judging people on appearances.
Mrs Nolan is also reading Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride & Prejudice by Natasha Farrant and came across a great quote:
“Don’t be afraid of books Miss Bennett. Simply treat them with the respect they deserve, and you will be richly rewarded.  You do not need to be clever or rich or have attended celebrated schools or universities in order to appreciate them.  It is enough simply to have an open and receptive mind – and, sometimes, it is true, a little perseverance.  But you must not be afraid, Miss Bennett, for books do not judge you.”
We look forward to hearing what you have been reading and are always keen to receive your book reviews, which we will post on this blog.

Friday, 31 March 2017

TRS interview with best-selling author Joe Craig

On the 22nd March, the very funny and TRS favourite, Joe Craig visited the school to perform and inspire our Years 7 and 8!  At the end of the day, Joe kindly agreed to be interviewed by one of our Year 10 students, Ben McGowan.  An edited version of the interview, which was written for the school newspaper, appears below: 

You've visited hundreds of schools, do you ever get bored?
A: Not really, I try to limit myself to twenty schools a year and I always try my best to make each event different and exciting.

What do you want people to get out of your books - what do you want them to feel?
A:  Utter paranoia. I want them to trust no one. It's not being pessimistic either it's just realistic.

Have you ever based a character on someone in real life?
A: I don't believe so. I've based some character’s relationships on close relationships in my life, such as my wife and her brother and the relationships I had with my friends as a child.

You often write from the perspective of a teenager or a young person do you ever feel like perhaps you’re slightly off in how you portray them, you’re obviously not a teenager yourself?
A: I try not to reflect today's young people because I'm not confident I could. I mostly reflect upon my own childhood, which is why the universe of my books is set slightly behind us in terms of technology.

What's it like working with a publisher such as Harper Collins, do you have a lot of freedom?
A: Well, I have relatively large amounts of freedom and good editors and as time has gone on they've allowed me even more freedom. There's probably only one thing they've ever made me do that I regret putting in.

Have you ever decided to just scrap a large piece of work?
A: Yes a few times, my second book was technically the third book I wrote. There was another version which I scrapped entirely to start all over again.

Do you have any sort of routine for writing or a favourite place to write in?
A: My study mostly, sometimes I'll go to the cafe. I normally use either notebooks or some sort of portable typing device

Who are your three biggest influences in literature?
A: It's tough to narrow it down to three, but my top four would be Robert Ludlum, Lawrence Block, Vladimir Nabokov and Paul Auster.

What are your memories of GCSE English?
A: I mean, considering our setting, I'm not sure if I should really say, but I didn't really read any of the books apart from Macbeth and I just somehow managed to bluff my way to some good grades.

So you chose to turn down a job at an oil company in favour of a life in the creative arts and literature, why was this? 
A: Partly due to practicalities such as location but also I just wanted to pursue music further.

Have you made a lot of sacrifices and taken lots of risks to be a full time writer?
A: I think with any creative job it's always a lot more unstable than other jobs. I've tried my best to do things to make it more stable but there are always risks. There are also lots of benefits though - I'm much more flexible with work hours and at the end the joy of it all beats everything else!

You are also a musician, what's that like and does it influence your literature or vice versa?A: Well, my creative thought process is quite similar but obviously a book takes a lot more time to write than a song.  However, music has taught me the difference between intellect and instinct.

You've done some work in the movie industry too, would you ever consider making a movie adaptation of one of your books?
A: Absolutely! I'd love to make a Jimmy Coates movie and there are also films I've made that I'd like to adapt into books. I always found movies more accessible from a younger age, therefore movies probably influence my writing more than other books. I've watched many more movies than I've read books and even when I didn't read a lot of books I was always watching movies.

If you would like to read the Jimmy Coates series by Joe Craig, all seven books are available to borrow from the Discovery Library.  The release date for the final book in the series, Genesis, is yet to be confirmed, but is one our wish list.  Watch this space! 

Waterstones Children's Book Awards 2017 - winner announced

Debut novel, The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave has won this year's Waterstones Children's Book prize.  Inspired by Philip Pulman's The Firework-Makers Daughter and childhood visits to the Canary Islands, this novel is a magical and mythical tale of adventure about a map maker's daughter who sets out to rescue her best friend from a forbidden forest using her fathers maps and her knowledge of myths.

An interesting blog post on the Guardian books website, highlights other empowering female characters in children's books, including Katherine Rundell's Wolf Wilder.  The Girl of Ink & Stars and Wolf Wilder are both available to borrow from the Discovery Library.  For more suggestions on what to read have a look at the new books section of the Library blog.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Waterstones YA Book Club in Bromley run a YA  on the last Thursday of every month.  If you enjoy chatting about books why not drop in? Drinks and snacks are provided too! Details here.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Joe Craig is coming to TRS

We are delighted to announce that the wonderful Joe Craig, author of the thrilling action adventure Jimmy Coates series, will be visiting TRS on Wednesday 22nd March!  Joe will be working with our Year 7 and 8 students and signing copies of his books, which will be available to buy on the day for the special price of £6.

To find out more about Joe Craig visit his web page or read his blog.

Friday, 17 March 2017

CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlist 2017 Announced

CILIP’s Carnegie Medal is awarded each year for an outstanding book for children and young people.  

This year's shortlisted books are:

The themes of this year’s shortlisted novels include identity, friendship, love and survival.  Previous medal winning authors on the list are Frank Cottrell Boyce, Philip Reeve, Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff.  Beck by Mal Peet, his incomplete last novel, has been finished by Meg Rosoff, and is a coming-of-age story about a mixed race boy transported to North America in the 18th Century. 

To find out more about the books and their authors, go to the Carnegie Shortlist web page and click on the book that you are interested in reading.  Some of the shortlisted books are available to borrow now from the War Memorial and Discovery Libraries, the rest are on order.

We are very excited to announce, in collaboration with the English Department, that a group of students from TRS will be taking part in the Carnegie Shadowing scheme for the first time this year.  Shadowing Group meetings will be held in the War Memorial Library on a weekly basis.

Watch this space for more news!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The Print Express Children's Short Story Competition

This is another chance to use your creative writing skills and imagination!  Open to students aged 13 and under, you simply need to write an original story of no more than 500 words about anything you like.

The winner will receive £50 in book tokens, and £175 in book tokens for their school. 

The closing date for entries is 31st March 2017, so you haven’t got long!  Stories can be entered by a parent, teacher or guardian and must be emailed (in the body of the email – not as an attachment) to  Your name, age and town or city must be included in the email.

For more information and how to enter click here.

Match the Teacher to the Book - winner announced

A big congratulations to Tukez in Year 7, who was the only entrant to correctly identify the teacher with their book in our ‘Match the Teacher to the Book’ competition! The correct answers were:

Tukez was awarded her prize by Ms Roberts at the Year 7 assembly yesterday.

Well done to everyone who entered, you have been awarded an achievement point for taking part.