Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Welcome Back and Book News Round up

We hope you had a great Easter break and look forward to hearing what you were reading!  The Librarians are currently working their way through the Carnegie shortlist as part of the fantastic TRS Carnegie Shadowing book group known collectively as The Cosmic Ravensbourne Readers.

Among the things that happened in the book world over Easter are:

The announcement of a new Young People's Laureate for London, Momtaza Mehri. Working with Spread the Word, her mission is to raise the profile of poetry in London, engage and inspire young people through issues that affect them using poetry and support the development of young poet's talent in London.

The Man Booker International Prize 2018 shortlist - the prize is to encourage the publishing and reading of quality fiction in translation.

TRS Carnegie Shadowing 2018

We are delighted that TRS are taking part in the CILIP Carnegie Shadowing Scheme for the second

A group of seven Year 8 students, Avril, Sebastian, Dominika, Alfie, Daniel, Philip and Oscar, collectively known as the Cosmic Ravensbourne Readers, will meet each Tuesday afternoon to read, discuss and review the eight shortlisted titles selected by the Carnegie judges.  

Check out our Shadowing Group page and blog here - while you're there why not take part in our reader's polls!

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2018

The acclaimed debut novel by Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas has won the overall winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2018.

Also nominated on the shortlist for the Carnegie Children's Book Award, the novel, inspired by the black lives matter campaign and set in America, follows the story of a teenager, Starr, who having witnessed the fatal shooting of her friend by a white police officer, is drawn into campaigning for justice.

The Hate U Give is available to borrow from the War Memorial Library.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition 2018

The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition 2018  is an annual competition for young people, which runs alongside The Branford Boase Award for new authors of a children's book and their editors.  

Open to any young writers under the age of 19, entrants must complete a story begun by last year’s winner of the Branford Boase Award, M G Leonard for Beetle Boy.

The story should be between 800 and 1000 words long and the closing date is Saturday, 21st April 2018.  For more information and to find M G Leonard's starting paragraph visit The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition 2018 - rules etc.

The Branford Boase Award long list includes The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr and A Girl Called Owl by Amy Wilson, both of which are available to borrow from the Discovery and War Memorial Libraries.  The shortlist is announced on 2nd May and the winner in July 2018.

Friday, 16 March 2018

CILIP's Carnegie Medal shortlist 2018 announced

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

The 2018 shortlisted books are:
  • Rook by Anthony McGowan

The shortlist includes previous winners Patrick Ness and Geraldine McCaughrean, alongside previous shortlisted authors such as Anthony McGowan, Lauren Wolk and Marcus SedgwickAngie Thomas's debut novel The Hate U Give is a powerful story inspired by the Black Lives Matter campaign,  about prejudice, inequality, police violence and one girl's quest for justice.  There are

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.

Happy reading!

Sunday, 11 March 2018

World Book Day 2018 celebrations

This year's TRS and Eden Park High School World Book Day celebrations took place on Thursday 8th March, with staff and Year 7 dress up, Drop Everything and Read and Library competitions

Ms Roberts & Mrs Nolan as Batman and Robin
As well as distributing book tokens to students via form tutors, creating World Book Day bookmarks and displays, the Librarians worked with the Geography department to deliver some excellent Library Lessons on banned books.  Adapted for Year 7s from last year's highly successful lesson, the students broke into groups and, following discussions facilitated by the Librarian and teacher, had to suggest reasons why and where in the world particular children's books were banned.  
Mrs Bhandari - Librarian

In addition, the sixth form students and Year 7 students paired up to read together.   

Ms Cadden - Geography Department

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Mrs German - Head of English
Ms Maidment and Ms Orchard Green
Ms Sutton - Head of Science
The Art Department

Monday, 5 March 2018

Writing Competition and Children's Book Awards


Writing subject: The organisers want your writing to be personal to you so you can write on whatever topic you like.
Length: 750 words
Open to: 5 to 25 year olds
Prizes: All winners will win four tickets to see the London production of WICKED at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and an opportunity to meet cast members after the show along with an exclusive backstage tour.  Plus loads more prizes.
Deadline: Monday, 12th March 2018 - so you haven't got long!
Click here for more information and how to enter.


The Blue Peter Book Awards, sponsored by The Book Trust, celebrate children's books published in the last two years.  Announced live on Blue Peter on World Book Day, the winner for best story went to Cressida Cowell for The Wizards of Once.  Best book with facts went to Real-Life Mysteries by written Susan Martineau and illustrated by Vicky Barker.

Award Winners 2018

The Federation of Children's Book Groups are inviting you to vote for your favourite shortlisted children's book as part of their Book Awards 2018, the only awards voted for entirely by children.  To vote, go to their website - you have until midday on Friday, 18th May.   

FCBG Children's Book Awards shortlist