Book Clubs Galore! | King's Hall School Taunton

The first full week of term was certainly a very busy one in our Library, with three of our termly Book Club events taking place.

Year 7 and 8 Book Breakfast

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Events kicked off on Tuesday morning when a group of our senior pupils gathered in the Library to start the day in the very best way possible: with books, discussion and a spread of delicious pastries! We had all been reading the wonderful "Northern Lights" by Philip Pullman over the Easter break and it was great to share opinions about the story over a leisurely breakfast.

As you will know if you have read the story, each character has an animal companion or "daemon" to whom they are inextricably linked, and at Book Breakfast we had lots of fun choosing the creatures that would be our own "daemons", which included an eagle, a wolf and a white leopard.

Year 3 Book Club

Piggy Handsome and Piggy Hero by Pip Jones

On Tuesday afternoon, it was the turn of Year 3. The children had been reading these hilarious stories by Pip Jones which chronicle the adventures (and mishaps) of Piggy Handsome, a guinea pig with a hugely inflated ego and a very long-suffering best friend, Jeff Budgie. The author, along with the illustrator Adam Stower, had very kindly agreed to be available on Twitter so that we could chat with them live, passing on our feedback about the story and asking any questions that the children might have.

This proved to be enormous fun, particularly as Piggy Handsome himself turned out to have plenty of things to say in his own self-important way! We hope Piggy enjoyed the chat as much as we did. We are hugely grateful to Pip and Adam for really bringing the stories to life for our readers. It was absolutely brilliant and such a memorable event for the children.

(By the way, if you don't yet follow King's Hall Library on Twitter, you can find us at @KH_Library and following our library Twitter feed is a great way to keep up to date with all our reading-related activities.)

Year 5 and 6 Book Club

The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens

Then on Thursday afternoon, a group of eager bookworms from Years 5 and 6 gathered in the Library to chat about the book that they had been reading over the holidays, The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens. A gripping detective story, set against the backdrop of New York City, this tale is narrated by Ted, a character who sees the world a little differently from most. He finds some aspects of life challenging, yet his attention to detail and superb memory make him the ideal person to find out who has stolen a priceless work of modern art from the world-famous Guggenheim Museum. Everyone loved the New York setting of the story and all the thrilling plot twists along the way. It was really interesting to see the world through Ted’s eyes and we all thought that he was a fantastic narrator. We thought the museum itself sounded really interesting so we found out some more about it and about the real painting that features in the story, In The Black Square by Kandinsky.

Desperate for a sequel to The Guggenheim Mystery, book clubbers set about creating a plot of their own which they called Murder at the Eiffel Tower. In their story, Ted’s Aunt Gloria is now a curator at the Louvre Museum so Ted’s family have travelled to Paris to visit her. Ted and his cousin Salim head off to visit the Eiffel Tower, however when they arrive they are greeted by the sound of police sirens and a crowd of people gathered around what appears to be a body… In all the chaos, it is only Ted who notices the sound of helicopter rotor blades disappearing into the distance… We have sent this story opener to Robin Stevens so, who knows, perhaps it will find its way into print one day?!

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