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Year 7 students at the College were all "buzzing" with excitement as their Bookbuzz books were delivered to their classrooms in plenty of time to enjoy them over half term.  

Bookbuzz is a national reading programme run by the Book Trust which is aimed at encouraging reading for pleasure. 

Participating schools give their students the opportunity to choose their own book to keep from a list of 17 titles suitable for 11-13-year-olds and selected by a panel of experts.

Students researched and chose from a selection of 12 books written by amazing children’s authors such as An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo, The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge and I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick.

 Brandon, who chose An Eagle In The Snow by Michael Morpurgo, said: "I really like the book because it is set during the war and I am very interested in history.

"It is the biggest book I have ever read.”


Poppie-Marie and Kayleigh along with 83 other Year 7 students both chose 13 Hours by Narider Dhami after visiting the website and watching the author talk about the book.

They loved the book because of its fast pace saying they thought the storyline was very believable and that they really identified with the main character.

This was the most popular Bookbuzz book this year.

Mrs Hardie,  English Curriculum Manager, was just as excited by the delivery of the books as the students.

"Wow, I knew the students were keen to receive their books," said Mrs Hardie.

"But I am blown away by how keen they are to delve in between the pages.”
Mrs Laing, Interventions Manager, said: "It was heartwarming to see the faces of my students light up with pleasure as I handed out their individual books - it felt like Christmas morning!

"There is no better gift than the gift of reading."

Mrs Ware, Assistant Vice Principal, is a firm believer that reading for pleasure has a dramatic impact on educational outcomes.

"The Bookbuzz programme not only creates a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with reading for pleasure, it also gives them the opportunity to develop their reading skills, which is a fundamental part of any future educational assessments," she said.

If you would like to find out more about the Bookbuzz Programme please visit or contact Mrs Wrennall, Senior Librarian, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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