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Poem by Year 8 Student

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Born to the sun, born to the sand, I hear the call and walk the land. A light appears, I turn to see, You greet me so happily. We build bridges, find friends so bold, And cross this desert's last threshold. Sliding fast, exchanging smiles, We descend a shimmering road of trials. Once safe at home, now strife with fear, We're lost among those keen to leer. Atonement comes from the chaos, Temptations clear, we learn our cause. The crossing comes, reclamation awaits, To fulfill out passion, our righteous fates. But soon the light begins to fade. Once warm and bright, now cold and weighed. At our nadir, we press on to see The reward of this long, hard Journey. Throughout us grows this numbing cold, Till we watch the other lose their hold. After all we've done, after all we've seen, Why end it now? This accursed dream... ...But wait! What's this, a field of white? We're glowing in a golden light! Fly high my friend, fly fast and bright. I'll see you there, my shining light. We did it! W…

KS5 and Adult Book Recommendation - The Lost Letters of William Wolfe by Helen Cullen

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Lost letters have only one hope for survival... Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London, William Woolf is one of thirty letter detectives who spend their days solving mysteries: Missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names - they are all the culprits of missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers. When William discovers letters addressed simply to 'My Great Love' his work takes on new meaning. 

KS4 Book Recommendation - True Sisters by Keren David

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An uplifting, authentically-voiced novella about finding your way from a bestselling YA author, and a pre-eminent publisher of inclusive fiction. Frizzy-haired Ruby is thoughtful and funny, but even she struggles a little when her mum takes in a new foster child, such as quiet, distrustful Clara who reminds Ruby of a “housemaid from Downton Abbey”. To Ruby’s mind, Clara is the kind of girl “who clearly doesn’t take many selfies”. Then, thanks to Ruby’s acts of kindness, Clara undergoes a butterfly-beautiful transformation as she discovers the wonders of the world and a newfound love of science and - slowly-slowly - realises who she really is.  Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 13+

KS3 Book Recommendation - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stoneby J K Rowling

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The Boy Who Lived Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.

Mr Dursley was the director of a firm called Grunnings, which made drills. He was a big, beefy man with hardly any neck, although he did have a very large moustache. Mrs Dursley was thin and blonde and had nearly twice the usual amount of neck, which came in very useful as she spent so much of her time craning over garden fences, spying on the neighbours. The Dursleys had a small son called Dudley and in their opinion there was no fi ner boy anywhere. The Dursleys had everything they wanted, but they also had a secret, and their greatest fear was that somebody would discover it. They didn’t think they could bear it if anyone found out about the Potters.

Mrs Potter was Mrs Dursley’s sister, but they hadn’t me…

Student Book Review of 'My Name's not Friday' by Jon Walter

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My name’s not Friday follows the life of well mannered and thoughtful Samuel and his misbehaving younger brother Joshua, who are free black boys living in an orphanage, at the end of the Civil War. When one of Joshua's pranks go too far one day, and Samuel takes the blame for him, he doesn't realise the consequences he now has to face. My name’s not Friday is a gripping read for anyone who is interested in history and also wants a great story novel.

Book Review - The Battle of Britain by Chris Barnsley

This book is about a young man called John who has joined the RAF to fight for Britain. Germany is coming to attack Britain so they prepare for War. The team fly around in their fighter planes to find the Germans and defeat them.  However, John crashes his plane and is alone on a cliff. A German’s plane gets shot down and the German lands on the same cliff. Some sailors come and save the two. The German is then shot and killed on the ship.
I found this book very interesting. John narrated in detail what he was experiencing in the War. This book also caught my attention and was better than I expected. I would recommend this book to people who like adventure and history, war and planes. This book is also educational as it tells you some history of the War and what they had to do in the RAF to prepare for war. It also tells you about the fighter planes they flew.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars