Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Jane Austen Bicentenary


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.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

YALC 2017

The UK's YA Lit Con is back for a fourth year.  Set up by acclaimed author Malorie Blackman during 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.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Carnegie Shadowing 2017 at TRS

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 Sparrow by Zana Fraillon.  These books, and the other shortlisted titles, are available to borrow from the Discovery and War Memorial Libraries.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Summer Reading and Post-a-Read 2017

We would love you to send us a postcard of what you are reading over the summer! It doesn’t matter where the post card is from, Bromley or Borneo, Luton or Las Vegas, as long as you tell us what you are reading.  All entrants will have their postcard displayed and will be entered into a free prize draw!  
If you are looking for ideas of what to read ask your Librarians or check out the Lovereading4kids.com summer reading suggestions.

We have brilliant displays of new books as well as old favourites to browse and borrow.
Summer Reading in the WML

Harry Potter celebrates 20th Anniversary

Today, Monday 26th June, is the 20th Anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book by J K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. There are lots of celebrations taking place, including the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition at the British Library running from October 2017 to February 2018.  

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.