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Reading challenge returns

Published on 02/03/17

The Hewett Great Reads challenge is back, inspiring students to pick up a book and explore new worlds.

Following the success of last year's scheme, Year 9 students are being encouraged to get through as many books in the Hewett Great Reads list as possible.

The books have been selected by head of English Hayley Ross and librarian Sue Garratt, and were introduced to students at a special assembly where staff pitched their favourite to the would-be readers.

"The books chosen for this latest challenge are all again considered to be 'high value' because, in different ways, they stretch our students by exploring significant issues and ideas, challenging accepted beliefs, broadening their vocabulary and knowledge and offering new experiences," said Ms Ross.

The books for this year are:

  • The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-time - Mark Hadden
  • Maggot Moon - Sally Gardner
  • One - Sally Crossan
  • Great Expectations (original or abridged or graphic version) - Charles Dickens
  • Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell
  • The Bunker Diary - Kevin Brooks
  • Jessica's Ghost - Andrew Norriss
  • What's up with Jody Barton? - Hayley Long
  • Trash - Andy Mulligan
  • The Diary of Anne Frank

"We are keen for parents to take part too, by encouraging students to read and discussing them, or even reading the books themselves. Every student is required to read at least one book, but students will of course be encouraged to try their best and read as many as possible, with prizes going to those students who are first to read all the books, and those who produce the best work," added Ms Ross.

Students in years 7 and 8 are taking part in the similar national Bookbuzz event, which features 17 titles covering a wide range of literature.

  • Leopard's Snore! by Emma Trithart
  • The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean
  • Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle
  • Boffin Boy and the Poison Garden by David Orme and illustrated by Peter Richardson 
  • The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
  • You Killed Me! By Keith Gray
  • Gorilla Dawn by Gill Lewis
  • 13 Hours by Narinder Dhami
  • My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons
  • Petunia Perry and the Curse of the Ugly Pigeon by Pamela Butchart and illustrated by Gemma Correll
  • The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge
  • The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair by Lara Williamson 
  • River of Ink: Genesis by Helen Dennis 
  • I am Malala by Malala Yousafzaia and Patricia McCormick
  • Arrowhead by Ruth Eastham
  • An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Michael Foreman 
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge